Tag: articles

The risk-managed birth ball

This is one of my favourite articles that I have written, and I realised this week that it is now 15 years old. I am sharing it again in the hope that others will enjoy it too 🙂 Last month…

Revisiting the world wide wonder

A few things happened to me last week which led me to decide to re-share an article that I first wrote in 2002. First, someone asked for it, which is always interesting with an older article. I’m aware that students…

The birth of a midwife?

About sixteen years ago, I attended my friend Megan’s home birth in what was at the time a new role for me; as the support person for her 3 year old daughter Eleanor. Eleanor and I had a marvellous time;…

Pinard Wisdom (part 2)

Over the years, I have been repeatedly asked by student midwives for a reference to an article that gives basic information on how to use a Pinard to listen to a baby’s heartbeat, either to supplement learning in practice, or…

Pinard Wisdom (part 1)

Over the years, I have been repeatedly asked by student midwives for a reference to an article that gives basic information on how to use a Pinard to listen to a baby’s heartbeat, either to supplement learning in practice, or…

The wisdom of storks

The stork is well loved as an image associated with birth and midwives; a good number of midwifery practices in the English-speaking world feature the word in their name, and images of the birds often appear on logos and web…

Untangling tocophobia

A year or so ago, a pregnant woman asked me a really good question, which I answered briefly in a blog post (Wickham 2016). ‘What is it called,’ she asked, ‘when you’re fearful of medicalisation?’ I couldn’t come up with…