Tag: articles

Cord clamping, blood banking…

A week or two ago, a friend asked me what my current understanding of the value of cord blood banking was and whether there was a resource I would recommend to women who were wanting to read more about the…

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…

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…

Iron supplementation: lumping, splitting and choice

I have just uploaded two new articles relating to the recent update of the Cochrane review on daily oral iron supplementation; firstly, the ReView article (Wickham 2013a) in which I discussed the content and considered the implications of Peña-Rosas et…

The value of the knitting midwife

Lately I have been working on an article on knitting, which feels a little strange in some ways because knitting is more of a Winter activity for me and it is FAR too hot here in Wiltshire to even think…

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,…

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…

Choice, Control and the Parenting Police…

A pregnant woman, who we’ll call Amanda, was recently reported to Social Services by her midwife.   A representative from Social Services contacted Amanda and, somewhere along the line, Amanda realised that her ability to be a good mother to her…