Tag: placental birth

Pondering placentophagy – part 2

This is the second part of an article in which I am reflecting upon our knowledge about placentophagy; an area in which we have no conclusive evidence of benefit or harm (Coyle et al 2015).  As my pondering continued, I…

Pondering placentophagy – part 1

I am by now used to the kind of spin that internet discussion can put on birth-related stories, and I’m not usually too surprised when, upon reading the actual research article which has inspired a headline or discussion, I find…

Pronurturance Plus … great food for thought

As a long-time fan of physiological, unmedicated placental birth (where appropriate, of course), I’m always happy to see papers which explore the value of this and the ways in which we can facilitate women’s and babies’ health and well-being at…

More support for delayed cord clamping

An updated RCOG scientific impact paper has added further support to the movement towards delayed cord clamping becoming the norm, warning that immediate cord clamping can be harmful to babies by negatively affecting their blood flow and reducing iron stores,…

Birth Centres work in Australia too!

The first prospective cohort study comparing freestanding midwifery units with tertiary units in Australia has been published, and shows that the women who planned to give birth at freestanding midwifery units were significantly more likely than women who planned to…