Tag: antenatal care

“Everything matters to a pregnant woman…”

“Listening to a mother is the most important skill of midwifery. Asking her questions is the second most important. Third is making unrushed time together in nature with a bit of privacy so the important matters can be discussed. Everything…

How are you sleeping?

In your practice, do you routinely ask women how they’re sleeping?  And if you do, what do you do with that information?  Do you use sleep-related questions as a way of triggering and exploring all manner of topics with women? …

Questioning screening: food for thought

Are you aware that the vast majority of the things that midwives do during antnatal and postnatal checks and when looking after women in labour are actually screening tests?  No matter whether we are checking a woman’s blood pressure, urine…

Is 28-week rhesus antibody testing justifiable?

Researchers in the US have published a paper in Obstetrics and Gynecology questioning the value of carrying out indirect antiglobulin screening on rhesus negative women at 28 weeks of gestation (Abbey and Dunsmoor-Su 2014). In most Western countries, all women…

Does antenatal anti-D help the current baby?

Happy 2014!  My first post this year is also the first in a new occasional series which will be tagged Questions&Answers … these are my responses to questions that I get asked frequently.  As ever, they are not intended to…