Cervical wisdom resources

Have you ever noticed that real women’s labouring cervices haven’t read the textbooks? That, although we are taught that they are supposed to open in a linear, unidirectional and relatively predictable manner, many don’t actually do that? I’ve been pondering…

Is APGAR scoring a flexible friend?

It is now over fifty years since Virginia Apgar created the scoring system that led to an increased focus on babies in their critical first moments (Apgar 1953).  It led to her being honoured on a postal stamp and posthumously…

New AIMS Induction book now available!!!

May we have a fanfare of pinards please?!  The revised, lengthened and shinier-than-ever edition of the new book on induction that I have written for AIMS is now available for purchase. Written by myself and retitled Inducing Labour: making informed…

Yikes, I’m on facebook!

OK facebook, here I come!  If you are reading this on my website and you use facebook, you might like to come and find me there, as I have just created a page through which I can share my blog…

Placental birth resources

I’m continuing with my ‘resources’ theme this week and adding a post which has links to all of the resources on this site which relate to the birth of the placenta and the management (or not) of the third stage…

Illuminating risk (part 2)

In honour of the fact that I’ll be getting ready to speak on the subject of risk for Homebirth Australia as this post goes live, I decided it was about time that I posted up more of my past work…

Breastfeeding: food for thought…

If you have any contact with women who are giving birth and/or breastfeeding, then I would urge you to consider reading a study published recently in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (which means it’s free, and here’s the link) in which…

Quote of the month: precious blood…

“The exchange of blood between the placenta and the baby during the third stage of labour is now better understood.  While the caliber of the two umbilical arteries decreases very quickly, the umbilical vein remains open so that the uterine…

Home-made birth hearts recipe…

I’ve written a lot of research-focused posts recently; here’s a crafty one to balance that out…  I’m still planning to write something more general about the way I use craft in birth and midwifery education, so if that is of…

Age, obesity and uterine contractility…

During the last week, two important papers from the Birthplace team have been published. The impact of maternal obesity on intrapartum outcomes in otherwise low risk women: secondary analysis of the Birthplace national prospective cohort study, which has been available…

Cyberchondria and hypergoogleosis

I am writing this while a little sleep deprived.  Mainly because my lovely man (who says I am allowed to write about this as long as he can be referred to by the handle ‘CB’) developed an itchy skin rash…

Induction, augmentation and autism…

A study published in Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey this week which analysed birth and educational records has shown that children born to mothers who were induced, augmented or both had increased odds of having autism (Gregory et al 2014).  As…

Cochrane VBAC review updated…

The Cochrane review on VBAC was updated a couple of days ago, although there was no change to the conclusions (below).  The reviewers conclude that, while both planned cesarean section and planned VBAC for women with a prior caesarean birth…

On being womanside…

Just sharing a really random thought that came to me recently.  I totally appreciate that this will be seen by some people as pedantic, but I get a bit naffed off when I read the word ‘bedside’ in research papers…

Vitamin K, reflecting on a decade

In 2003, I wrote a booklet for AIMS called Vitamin K and the Newborn.  It was designed to offer information to parents seeking to make decisions about vitamin K, a prophylactic intervention offered to all newborn babies in the UK…

Midwives make a difference

Sometimes it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the importance of what we do, and it is just fantastic that 2013 is proving to be a bumper year for evidence that supports continuity of midwifery care in all…

Advert apologies and articles

It came to my attention a while back that some visitors to this site were seeing advertisements.  I sincerely apologise if this ever happened to you; it was absolutely not my intention and I thought I had a setup that…

The importance of BO…

I once found a template in a certain version of a popular word processing programme that offered a checklist of things you might want to pack and take to the hospital when you went in to have your baby.  I…

Wizards, quilts and soothsaying

In honour of the date, I have chosen, formatted and uploaded a couple of articles to which I have new footnotes to add but which, more importantly, will allow me to post cool seasonal pictures 😀 (Never let it be…

A few practice-related articles…

I have just formatted and uploaded a few more of my already-published articles and I am thinking that they might be of particular interest to student and practising midwives and others directly involved in the care of women and babies,…