Tag: midwifery

Asking different questions…

An important paper has been published in Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care this month, in which expert maternity care researchers from around the world have come together to call for a new approach to research. In ‘Asking different questions: A…

Expert midwives and perineal care during birth

A study published in Women and Birth has offered further insight into the knowledge and skills used by expert midwives in keeping women’s perineums intact during birth. Led by Cecily Begley, the researchers interviewed midwives in New Zealand and Ireland…

Why do women value midwifery care?

This month has seen the publication of a study which is really important to women, midwives and everybody involved in maternity care, because it looks even more deeply at a really vital question: what it is that women value in…

What really matters?

“Factors that have eroded midwifery skill are largely political; embedded in midwifery laws in the form of practice guidelines … A model of perinatal care that offers insight, continuity and intuition; respects birth as an altered state; shows reverent curiosity…

Four recent birth-related revelations…

Since I got back from our latest trip, I’ve been catching up with the research, blog posts and thinking that went on while we were away, and I found so many interesting things that I decided to write a summary…

Midwives are heroes…

“Being a midwife is similar to being an Apache pilot. That may sound strange, but it’s true. One may suppose flying gunships in combat as far removed from delivering babies as can possibly be, but the truth is, there are…

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…

Another set of risks…

“Much, though by no means all, of what has been written and spoken around childbirth revolves around fear. Policies and practice at both national government level and local hospital level have frequently been based on the idea of ‘risk assessment’.…