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,…

Getting in touch…

I have finally kept my promise to add a contact form and a page of frequently asked questions to this website and, if the website pixies have done their job, you should now be able to access both from the…

Autumn changes…

A quick post to announce that I have now returned to full-time freelance work, though I will be taking a bit of a sabbatical / break this Autumn and Winter while I catch up with myself, do some slow writing,…

Yay for the M@NGO Trial…

…because it demonstrates that caseload midwifery care can lower caesarean section rates …because it demonstrates this in women of ALL risk (not just low risk) …and because we have never been in more need of knowledge about things that might…

On doing more (or less)…

“Report after guideline after study after consensus paper says we must do more.  More monitoring, more checking, more screening, more form filling, more, more, more… Sometimes we probably do need to do more. But maybe sometimes we need to do…

Rethinking the obesity risk

Research published yesterday in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology shows that obese women who have previously had at least one baby are less likely to experience obstetric complications during labour and birth than has been thought.  …

Illuminating risk (part 1)

The concept of risk has been increasingly mentioned in birth-related literature over the past few years by many different groups.  Just to name a few of the more obvious ones, we have those who have become concerned by what they…

Anti-D choices remain limited

A recent paper published in Obstetrics and Gynecology (whose abstract is featured below) has analysed the cost effectiveness of noninvasive RhD typing with cell-free fetal DNA and concluded that this does not offer any significant cost benefit. In other words,…

Stone circles, knitting and yoga…

Just sharing some fun photos today…  The lovely Sarah Buckley and her equally lovely family came to stay with us a couple of weekends ago and visited several of the ancient sites which surround us here in Wiltshire.  Sarah and…

The theoretical risk of water embolism

I have learned this week that some things can’t be repeated often enough.  If you know the story of the theoretical risk of water embolism and understand that this is no more likely than lunar transplacental relocation (the explanation of…

Homebirth Australia conference

I am delighted to announce that I will be a keynote speaker at ‘Own Birth – Home Birth‘, the 29th Homebirth Australia conference at Brisbane City Hall on 21-23 March 2014. Homebirth Australia is the peak Australian homebirth body.  Members…

Thank you, Essentially MIDIRS

I was the founding Editor of Essentially MIDIRS and a past Editor of MIDIRS Midwifery Digest.  However, along with my colleagues Nadine Edwards and Becky Reed (editors of the Digest at that time), the entire Essentially MIDIRS Advisory Panel (Ina…

Pondering the post-birth tea break

I am getting more and more feedback letting me know that my ‘revisiting’ activities are useful because the act of writing posts that link to specific articles and topics is helping people find articles and other content on this site,…

Vitamin K Resources

This post is a collection of links to articles and resources that I have authored on the subject of vitamin K. The first article that I wrote about vitamin K was published in 2001 and was called Vitamin K: a…

Folic Acid: what to do?

As I’m a tiny bit busy moving house this week, I am going to feed two birds with one bun (a phrase which I believed was my own creation until I googled it just now out of curiosity and discovered…

A few top tens…

I have just uploaded some more articles: Top ten tips for dealing with emergencies in the community Top ten tips on turning an assignment into an article Top ten technologies that have improved the lives of women and midwives I…

Happy Spring!

I have just uploaded a few more articles – all of them ReView articles which can be accessed via the links below or from the Articles page. Cardiotocography versus intermittent auscultation of fetal heart on admission to labour ward for…

Welcome!

Hello!  This website began life as a repository rather than a blog … I am continually asked for copies of articles that I have written, and so I am (with the generous support and kind permission of the original publishers)…