Category: Riffing ranting and raving

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…

Don’t deny our experiences!

I want to acknowledge from the outset that the story I am about to tell you is based on the epitome of a first-world problem, but I’m not telling you because I want to complain about the problem.  I want…

Manipulation or understanding?

A mini-rant today, after I spotted the following abstract … the highlighting is mine: “Despite the great advances in modern medicine, our understanding of the most basic function of our complete genetic makeup is extremely poor. Our complete genetic make…

Pregnancy, birth and overdetection…

A few weeks ago, a study was published in the British Medical Journal.  It looked at overdetection in cancer screening; asking people whether they find overdetection acceptable and to what degree. Taking their findings into account, the authors concluded that,…