Induction and ethnicity: what is the evidence?

For the past few years, a series of guideline developments, audit findings, and research studies have led to a number of clinicians and professional bodies arguing that induction of labour at 39 weeks could be justifiably recommended to Black, Asian…

The Sara Wickham Etsy shop is open!

The Sara Wickham Etsy shop is now restocked and ready for your holiday shopping. Click here to come and see what we have and support our Birth Information Project by buying holiday gifts, or maybe something for yourself. We’re open…

Plus Size Pregnancy book now available!

Dr Sara Wickham’s ‘Plus Size Pregnancy’ book is now available! Have you been told that your pregnancy is high risk simply because you have a higher BMI? Have you been advised that you need extra tests and interventions, or that…

Less is more…

When less may be more. Sara Wickham writes about the human tendency to want to prioritise action and ‘doing more’, when this may not be the best solution.

What’s the chance of having another PPH?

What’s the chance of having another PPH, if you’ve had one before? For some women, that’s an important question. Women who have had a previous postpartum haemorrhage (PPH, or excessive bleeding after birth) are often advised to have their future babies…

Women’s experiences of augmentation of labour

A study looking at women’s experiences of augmentation of labour has highlighted problems with informed decision making and shown that having a synthetic oxytocin infusion in labour can cause an atypically painful labour and lead to negative birth experiences. Alòs-Pereñíguez…

Why your estimated due date might need a rethink

If you’ve ever thought that your or someone else’s estimated due date might need a rethink, this article is for you. It’s my reflection, as a midwife and academic researcher, on what I’ve learned from researching pregnancy calculation tools. In…