Tag: midwifery wisdom

Exploring the Exceptions

Last month (Wickham 2016), I wrote about a principle that I was taught and have subsequently shared with many other midwives. It involves asking oneself whether offering a screening test would change one’s management, or what one would offer to…

A woman’s decision…

I find it really sad that midwifery regulators don’t seem to understand the enormous value that there is in continuity of care, which has been described as central to gold standard midwifery care. Nor is there much recognition that the…

Is this going to change your management?

I have found, over quite a few years of teaching midwifery, that people who are learning midwifery and similar arts often like to have building blocks in the form of rules, lists and principles that they can learn and explore…

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…