Tag: post-term

What do women think of due dates?

A survey of pregnant women planning a hospital birth in Australia offers interesting food for thought in relation to women’s views and knowledge about the ‘due date’ and the timing of birth. As many readers of my work will know,…

The madness of modern measurement

Cassie, who has given me permission to tell her story and who chose her own pseudonym, became pregnant via IVF. She was thus one of those women who know the exact date when they conceived, and she and her midwife…

More reasons to personalise the ‘due date’

A new study has added further weight to the idea that we ought to be individualising women’s ‘due dates’ rather than using a universal calculation. Published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, a paper by…

Post-term pregnancy online course now available!

  Would you like to increase your knowledge AND build your confidence in discussing the evidence around post-term pregnancy? Because I am really happy to announce that my post-term pregnancy online course has been tested and was found by my…

How to cancel a labour induction?

“I had an appointment with a consultant last week and was given a date for induction, although I wasn’t really asked whether I wanted it and it was all very fast. There’s no medical reason for inducing me, it’s just…

Women’s experiences of cervical ripening

As someone who has written lots about induction of labour and is dismayed by the way in which the volume of medical research in this area swamps the very few studies that seek to ask women about their experiences of…

What is a stretch and sweep?

Is a ‘stretch and sweep’ a useful low-tech intervention which might prevent the need for induction of labour, or an unnecessary interference in pregnancy?  A “marvellously effective way of preventing the need for medical induction of labour for post-dates ……

Pregnancy length varies even more than we thought…

Research published in Human Reproduction this week has added further insight around so-called post-term pregnancy by showing that variability around pregnancy length is even greater than has previously been thought.   The findings also add weight to the idea that, on…