Tag: midwifery wisdom

Celebrating the Albany Practice Outcomes

This week, an important paper has been published (currently in draft form) in Midwifery. Titled ‘Midwifery continuity of carer in an area of high socio-economic disadvantage in London: a retrospective analysis of Albany Midwifery Practice outcomes using routine data (1997–2009)’,…

We’ve always done it that way (part 3)

The previous two articles on this topic explored some of the issues around the advantages and disadvantages of habits, customs and traditions and took a backwards look in order to see how some traditions developed. In some cases, traditions have…

We’ve always done it that way (part 2)

I [recently] wrote about some of the advantages and disadvantages of habits, customs and traditions and suggested that, as well as looking at the bigger issues of the routine interventions that need to be challenged, it may also be beneficial…

We’ve always done it that way (part 1)

Aren’t habit, custom and tradition marvellously labour-saving devices?! It doesn’t matter how rational we might seek to be when making a decision that we have time to ponder; during the course of a day, we each have to make hundreds…

“Get those consumers out of the bushes”

When midwife Susanne Houd was interviewed about the history of home birth in Denmark, she shared her thoughts on how to bring about change.. “The consumers need to get together and get visible. That is really the number one thing.…

Ten ways I can help midwifery students

As the UK summer startes to fade, many of our midwifery students are either beginning their studies or moving up a year, and so this seems like a good time to share a post I’ve wanted to write for a…

The importance of everyday birth wisdom

I love research papers that tell me things I already know. I especially love those that tell me things I already know about everyday midwifery practice that I don’t think about on a daily basis but which, when I read…

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…