Tag: choice

The ungentle art of persuasion

One of the great things about being allowed to write in midwifery journals is that, when you come across an article or idea that pleases you, annoys you or just makes you think harder than usual, you can share those…

The most challenging thing you will ever do…

“Parenting is, hands down, the most challenging thing you will ever do. It is scary, troubling, enthralling and exciting. It requires long hours, Herculean patience, trust and thousands of other skills and characteristics that our kids deserve and demand. As…

A much needed revolution

“Centralisation, standardisation and market economics have been the dominant concepts in maternity care over recent years. Organisationally, NHS maternity care has been centralised into large units based on an industrial model where care is highly fragmented. Standardisation of services is…

The paradox of palatability

There has been a bit of a debate in the British press and online recently about the ethics and possible dangers of changes that have been made to children’s medicines, with the most commonly discussed example (at least in the…

The importance of consent: rant, rinse, repeat…

May I have a repeat rant today, please?  Because in the last few days I have had conversations with three different, unrelated and very caring midwives who are all caring for bright, informed women who are experiencing difficulties getting the…