Tag: midwifery

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’.…

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)’,…

Regulation threatens women’s rights

The UK Nursing and Midwifery Council has been deemed to be acting irresponsibly by denying choice to women and “directly jeopardi[sing] the health and safety of the women it is supposed to safeguard”. On January 13th 2017, the independent midwifery…