Category: Riffing ranting and raving

The bumpiness of the playing field…

There’s something I’ve been wondering for a while. I know I’m not the only person who wonders it, because I’ve heard other people say similar things, but I’ve not yet heard a good answer to it. What I’m wondering is…

Thank you for asking…

A couple of weeks ago, I spotted this blog post, in which a childbirth educator talks very eloquently about how difficult it can be to work in the birth world at this time in history. Sharon Muza describes how so…

Supporting women to decline standard care…

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a woman in possession of a pregnancy must be in want of a standard package of care as dictated by those in charge of the local maternity services. Except it’s not. While some…

Evidence and decisions: two different things

A short but fascinating rapid response to a recent British Medical Journal article really got my attention this week. Writing in response to an ongoing discussion about evidence, guidelines and decision-making, Michael H Stone pointed out that the role of…

A small ‘seeding’ rant

May I jump into the microbiome/seeding debate really briefly, while acknowledging that the issues are much larger and more complex than I have room to discuss in one blog post? Because I have been watching several recent conversations in medical…

A bit more on unassisted birth…

Earlier this week, I published a blog post which contained the text of an article I wrote several years ago on unassisted birth. A day or so later, although I hadn’t realised before I posted my article, two other related…