Tag: women’s knowledge

What’s the evidence for raspberry leaf tea?

My friends at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre in Edinburgh asked me, “At our yoga for pregnancy sessions women raise lots of interesting and sometimes complex issues. For example … is there any evidence on benefits or harms of using…

Don’t deny our experiences!

I want to acknowledge from the outset that the story I am about to tell you is based on the epitome of a first-world problem, but I’m not telling you because I want to complain about the problem.  I want…

Love, kisses and other ways of knowing…

I remember once carrying out a literature search on shoulder dystocia for a homebirth emergencies workshop and coming across this fabulous quote by Sister Morningstar (2011) in Midwifery Today.  She had taken a rather different approach to that of most…

Curiosity and the Caul

Carrie was having a fairly fast and furious labour, and had spent most of it journeying between the sink and the toilet in her upstairs bathroom. The toilet was her ‘best’ place, and she spent so much time on it…

What is Mindfetalness?

I should have seen this one coming!  A week or two ago, I posted my thoughts on a recently published study looking at women’s experiences of two different self-assessment methods for monitoring fetal movements in full-term pregnancy.  But I forgot…

Exploring cervical recoil…

One of the presentations that I most like to be asked to give is called ‘Cervical Wisdom‘.  This is a session that I have developed over the years in which I analyse the things that textbooks and received wisdom would…