Tag: decision-making

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…

Engendering rather than endangering trust

“Heavy-handed persuasion tactics and the aggressive language of some medically-focused papers and websites on the subject of vitamin K are not only inappropriate, but they harm relationships and make it less likely that parents will reach out for help if…

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…

What is the BRAN analysis?

What is the BRAN analysis? I have heard you speak about this, but I can’t find a simple explanation of what it means that I can share with my clients. Can you help? Yes I can. I did write about…

Another ‘shared decision-making’ rant!

I’ve ranted before about what I see as the inappropriateness of the term ‘shared decision-making’ in medical circles. Calling a decision a ‘shared decision’ implies that the practitioner gets a say in what the person chooses. Yet when it comes…

Supporting women to decline standard care…

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a woman in possession of a pregnancy must be in want of a standard package of care as dictated by those in charge of the local maternity services. Except it’s not. While some…

Post-term pregnancy online course now available!

  Would you like to increase your knowledge AND build your confidence in discussing the evidence around post-term pregnancy? Because I am really happy to announce that my post-term pregnancy online course has been tested and was found by my…

Evidence and decisions: two different things

A short but fascinating rapid response to a recent British Medical Journal article really got my attention this week. Writing in response to an ongoing discussion about evidence, guidelines and decision-making, Michael H Stone pointed out that the role of…