Tag: language

The words we use…

Midwives have done a lot of reflecting on their language over the last few years. While visible changes in practice inevitably take a while to evolve, there is a clear movement in the progressive midwifery literature from use of words…

What’s in a word?

‘Language is important and influential. I request that the Journal stop using (and letting authors use) the term obstetric when talking about midwifery care. Obstetrics is what obstetricians do, midwifery is what midwives do, and maternity care is what we…

“A revolution is a transfer of power…”

“The Victorian parliamentarian and novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton declared, “A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.” Patient centred care began as a correction of abuses, a response to patients being treated like “imbeciles and…

The bumpiness of the playing field…

There’s something I’ve been wondering for a while. I know I’m not the only person who wonders it, because I’ve heard other people say similar things, but I’ve not yet heard a good answer to it. What I’m wondering is…

Evidence and decisions: two different things

A short but fascinating rapid response to a recent British Medical Journal article really got my attention this week. Writing in response to an ongoing discussion about evidence, guidelines and decision-making, Michael H Stone pointed out that the role of…

The stages of labour – bunkum!

“There are only two definite, unarguable times in this messy, fluid and unpredictable process of childbirth: when the baby is born and when the placenta comes out. The rest is bunkum! Yet our computers insist we fill in boxes that…