Tag: labour and birth

Castor oil for labour induction

A study has looked at birthing outcomes of 323 women who used castor oil as part of an attempt to induce their labour, with interesting results. The study was carried out in the US where, in contrast to countries like…

The paracetamol question…

It occurred to me recently, while presenting on the topic of labour progress, that there is a blog post that I use frequently as a reference when I’m speaking about labour and birth – in particular, the question of what…

Birth outcomes and women of size

Another study has suggested that the differences in birth outcomes experienced by women of size may be due as much to provider attitudes and biases as to any intrinsic difference or disadvantage. Ellekjaer et al’s (2017) research, carried out in…

Analysing water immersion guidelines

I recently read the most fascinating paper. Called ‘A critical analysis of Australian policies and guidelines for water immersion during labour and birth’, it aimed “to determine how water immersion policies and/or guidelines are informed, who interprets the evidence to…

The art of knowing when to do nothing

“Our hands are skilled in the art of touching, of catching, of wiping the brow, but they should also be skilled in the art of knowing when to do nothing. Much too frequently eager birth attendants or doulas cannot just…

Closeness after birth

A Finnish study exploring parent-infant closeness and separation has thrown more light on how hospital practices both promote closeness and cause separation in the first couple of hours after birth. And it’s kind of paradoxical, because the researchers discovered that,…

Research on breech birth in an upright position

A new and groundbreaking research study has found that, “Upright vaginal breech delivery was associated with reductions in duration of the second stage of labor, maneuvers required, maternal/neonatal injuries, and cesarean rate when compared with vaginal delivery in the dorsal…

The slow dance of birth (Fæðingadans)

During my recent workshop in Iceland, one of the midwives told us that she had made a youtube video featuring birth photos. As you might imagine, we were all very keen to see it and we put it on during…