Category: Riffing ranting and raving

Another ‘shared decision-making’ rant!

I’ve ranted before about what I see as the inappropriateness of the term ‘shared decision-making’ in medical circles. Calling a decision a ‘shared decision’ implies that the practitioner gets a say in what the person chooses. Yet when it comes…

A woman’s decision…

I find it really sad that midwifery regulators don’t seem to understand the enormous value that there is in continuity of care, which has been described as central to gold standard midwifery care. Nor is there much recognition that the…

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…