Tag: antibiotics

Vaginal seeding – more data required?

A review article written by Danish doctors and published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has stated that the benefits of vaginal seeding “do not outweigh the risks”. This paper and the inevitable news stories which have been…

Antibiotics and operative vaginal birth

The authors of an updated Cochrane review entitled ‘Antibiotic prophylaxis for operative vaginal delivery’ have drawn the same conclusion as in previous versions of the review: that routinely giving antibiotics to women who have forceps or ventouse births leads to…

Mode of birth and feeding matter for bugs!

A group of Swedish researchers have carried out a study (which is freely available online, thank you authors) to find out how babies’ guts are colonized with microbes, and their findings make for fascinating reading. The researchers began from the…

Quote of the month for February 2015

“In my view there are two main issues that hamper the assessment of harms and benefits of antenatal GBS screening. The first is the artefact introduced by using GBS culture-positivity when assessing the outcome of the use of IAP [intrapartum…

Epidural Fever

One of the topics that I was asked about at one of my recent ‘Recipes for Normal Birth’ workshops was that of ‘epidural fever’ and, as promised, here’s a post linking to my article on this topic along with three…