Tag: labour

When even simple tools can harm…

A case study shared in this month’s International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia carries an important warning message for women choosing to (and, almost more importantly, those supporting or working with women choosing to) use epidural or other forms of regional…

Induction and synchronised swimming…

I love it when people remind me of brilliant ideas and analogies that I had forgotten. A couple of weeks ago, one of my post-term pregnancy online course participants reminded me of the wonderful and well-loved midwife Mary Cronk’s analogy…

Labour progress resources

As this post goes live, I’ll be in Queenstown, New Zealand, running my Labour Progress Workshop, and it seemed like a good opportunity to offer a summary of labour and progress related resources that are right here and freely available…

Defining active labour

An article published in Birth has added to the debate about the different guidelines relating to the diagnosis* of active labour, considering which of them leads to the highest number of caesareans. *Before I move on, I’d like to quickly…

Who’s most likely to get an inaccurate due date?

A study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica might be helpful to women who are frustrated by the discrepancy between their own due date (as calculated by the date of their last period) and that calculated through ultrasound scanning.…

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?

A midwife friend asked me recently whether, during a baby’s birth, I routinely felt for the cord around the baby’s neck as it emerges. I replied that I didn’t, not least because I tend to be quite ‘hands-off’ about catching…

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…