Category: Riffing ranting and raving

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

I have been watching several recent conversations in medical and other forums about the research which considered whether transferring maternal vaginal flora to the baby is effective as a partial means of helping babies become colonised with beneficial bacteria. The…

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…

On acceptance without need for cause

When I called my 75-year old dad one morning last week, he told me that his wrist was hurting. He then spent the next four minutes speculating out loud as to whether it might be a drill-related injury (he likes…

Fear of childbirth, or fear of medicalisation?

A pregnant women just asked me a really good question, to which I didn’t know the answer. “What’s it called when you’re fearful of medicalisation?” I paused for a moment. The first word that came to mind was iatrophobia, but…

How to cancel a labour induction?

“I had an appointment with a consultant last week and was given a date for induction, although I wasn’t really asked whether I wanted it and it was all very fast. There’s no medical reason for inducing me, it’s just…

It’s OK to have wants too…

I came across a paper recently that had a title which I really liked.  Which makes a nice change, because more often I find I don’t like the titles of papers, and generally when this happens it is because I…