Tag: instrumental birth

Antibiotics and operative vaginal birth

The authors of an updated Cochrane review entitled ‘Antibiotic prophylaxis for operative vaginal delivery’ have drawn the same conclusion as in previous versions of the review: that routinely giving antibiotics to women who have forceps or ventouse births leads to…

Delivery method and women’s experiences

A study looking at women’s experiences of different types of birth has again reinforced the idea that we should be doing all we can to promote physiological birth and reduce interventions. (Yes, we also definitely need to work on making…

Keeping birth normal by reducing inductions

Despite attempts to convince us that induction of labour reduces the caesarean section rate, those of us who have worked within hospitals know from experience that induction of labour poses a real threat to a woman’s chance of giving birth…