Tag: hospital birth

Pondering Domesticity…

My grandmother gave birth to all of her babies at home. There were simply no other options (Lee and Wickham 2000). But by the time her daughters were ready to birth, just a couple of decades later, they were offered…

Why it’s not necessarily about you

We know that many of the caesarean sections that are carried out today aren’t medically warranted. A related concern is that a proportion of these may be being carried out in the interests of profit rather than for the benefit…

The false economy of “busy-ness”

“Place shapes the ability of midwives to “be with” women. In the labour ward, strong cultural norms press midwives to engage in “busy work” while they feel more able to sit quietly with women in primary birth settings. Midwives are…

Who is most at risk of caesarean section?

I’m back at my desk preparing to take my Recipes for Normal Birth workshops to Australia and, as ever, I’m searching the recently-published literature for clues and evidence that might help midwives, birth workers and women in their quest to…

Birth Centres work in Australia too!

The first prospective cohort study comparing freestanding midwifery units with tertiary units in Australia has been published, and shows that the women who planned to give birth at freestanding midwifery units were significantly more likely than women who planned to…

Yay for the Barkantine!

Research carried out as part of a project designed to assess a London freestanding birth centre in collaboration with the Birthplace project has found that women who booked their care at the Barkantine Birth Centre rated their care more highly…