Tag: midwives

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…

On burnout…

“Health-care organisations should move beyond a culture of endurance, which overvalues stoicism and dismisses complaints as signs of weakness, and help clinicians be better at self-care than they are at present. 21st-century patients demand more than in the past, rightfully…

Midwives matter more than monitors

I had only been a midwifery student for a few months when I first heard the late, great Marsden Wagner speak about the lack of evidence for electronic fetal heart monitoring (EFM). At the time, he told us, more than…

‘Risk talk’ and reducing fear

Today, I’m sharing a study which I wrote about in my newsletter a few weeks ago. Canadian midwife Vicki van Wagner (2016) looked at ‘risk talk’ and shows how it is possible to use language and other strategies in order…

Happy Midwives’ Day!

Happy Midwives’ Day! I’m spending International Day of the Midwife in Reykjavik where I’m discussing Recipes for Normal Birth with lovely Icelandic midwives, but I wanted to send my happy midwives’ day wishes out to my friends all around the…

The false economy of “busy-ness”

“Place shapes the ability of midwives to “be with” women. In the labour ward, strong cultural norms press midwives to engage in “busy work” while they feel more able to sit quietly with women in primary birth settings. Midwives are…