Tag: labour

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…

To feel, or not to feel?

I’ve had a few requests recently for an article that I wrote several years ago about the practice of feeling whether or not the baby’s cord is around its neck during birth. Here’s the text of that article, in the…

Let there be mood lighting…

There can’t be many midwives or birth supporters who don’t already know about the advantages of low lighting for labour and birth. While we are still learning about whether and how darkness and light relate to the release of oxytocin…

Induction of labour: what do women think?

A German study has shown that women want more information and support with decision-making about induction of labour, especially when there is no good medical reason to do this (for instance in the case of routine induction for so-called ‘post-term’…

The stages of labour – bunkum!

Inspired by a friend’s request to look out an old TPM article to which she wanted to refer in a book that she is writing, I have decided to start an occasional series featuring my favourite extracts from old midwifery…

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…

Birthillogics # 4 – water and scar pain

The illogical policy that I’d like to share today isn’t necessarily widespread, but I’ve now heard this one three times, from three different areas of the world, so in my book that means it warrants discussion. Midwives and birth folk…