Tag: obesity

Birth outcomes and women of size

Another study has suggested that the differences in birth outcomes experienced by women of size may be due as much to provider attitudes and biases as to any intrinsic difference or disadvantage. Ellekjaer et al’s (2017) research, carried out in…

Who is most at risk of caesarean section?

I’m back at my desk preparing to take my Recipes for Normal Birth workshops to Australia and, as ever, I’m searching the recently-published literature for clues and evidence that might help midwives, birth workers and women in their quest to…

The importance of consent: rant, rinse, repeat…

May I have a repeat rant today, please?  Because in the last few days I have had conversations with three different, unrelated and very caring midwives who are all caring for bright, informed women who are experiencing difficulties getting the…

Age, obesity and uterine contractility…

During the last week, two important papers from the Birthplace team have been published. The impact of maternal obesity on intrapartum outcomes in otherwise low risk women: secondary analysis of the Birthplace national prospective cohort study, which has been available…

Rethinking the obesity risk

Research published yesterday in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology shows that obese women who have previously had at least one baby are less likely to experience obstetric complications during labour and birth than has been thought.  …