Tag: promoting normality

The importance of everyday birth wisdom

I love research papers that tell me things I already know. I especially love those that tell me things I already know about everyday midwifery practice that I don’t think about on a daily basis but which, when I read…

Whatever happened to the precautionary principle?

Ethically, medical intervention has to prove itself against nature. Not the other way around. Thanks to The Practising Midwife, I’m sharing an article I wrote recently about this, which was written partly as a response to the increasing volume of…

Midwife-led care works in Manitoba!

Over the past year or three, I have shared numerous studies and respected reviews that have shown midwifery-led care to be effective all around the world in countries from Australia to Ireland. Midwifery care helps keep birth normal and it…

When the simplest ideas are the best…

Many women find pelvic examination painful, uncomfortable, embarrassing or traumatic, and there are several elements of this which deserve the attention of those who recommend and/or undertake such screening tests. But a recent study by Neuhaus et al (2016) has…

Keeping birth normal by reducing inductions

Despite attempts to convince us that induction of labour reduces the caesarean section rate, those of us who have worked within hospitals know from experience that induction of labour poses a real threat to a woman’s chance of giving birth…