May Contain Tigers

Warning: this blog post may contain tigers. As someone who lives with a serious food allergy, I have noticed some interesting changes in the information given on product labels over time. Over the years, I have thoroughly enjoyed the proliferation…

Trends in induction of labour

How are trends in induction of labour changing? And has the publication of the controversial ARRIVE Trial affected this? Two recent studies have added to our knowledge about the effects of changing guidelines and narratives on trends in induction of…

Which induction book do I need?

Which induction book should I read? I’m the author of two books about induction of labour. Inducing Labour: making informed decisions has been popular for nearly twenty years. I frequently update it with new information, so as long as you…

Guess what I did this summer?

I didn’t intend to write another book in 2021. But then the draft NICE guideline on induction of labour was released and, like many people, I was deeply concerned. The evidence on which the guidance was based was questionable, and…

Anti-D information: getting started

Many people visit this website looking for Anti-D information. Anti-D is the name of a medicine offered to rhesus negative women who may have been exposed to rhesus positive blood. It’s known as RhoGAM® in the USA.  Anti-D is given…

Anti-D Explained now available!

Anti-D Explained – now available! Anti-D Explained is Dr Sara Wickham’s newest book. It has been written to help parents and professionals to understand the science, the issues and the evidence relating to Anti-D. It has a foreword written by Michel Odent.…

Am I Allowed?

If there were a Nobel prize for birth activism, then Beverley Beech would surely have been given one by now. Formerly Honorary Chair of AIMS, still a legendary campaigner, brilliant speaker and supporter of women’s rights in pregnancy and birth,…

Home birth after caesarean

Home birth after caesarean (or HBAC) is an increasingly popular option. Women and families know that they will be less subject to monitoring and interference at home. It is thought by some that this may lead to a higher chance…