Sara Wickham discusses the results of a large Carbetocin trial which considers the use of this drug during the birth of the placenta.
The risk-managed birth ball
The risk-managed birth ball; Sara Wickham’s article in which she considers just how far things are going towards a culture of risk management…
Further confirmation of home birth safety
A systematic review and meta-analysis has further confirmed the safety of home birth for healthy women, even if they are having their first baby.
Midwives matter more than monitors
Midwives matter more than monitors. Sara Wickham discusses research on fetal monitoring which shows that midwives make more of a difference.
Association, prediction and soothsaying
When it comes to predicting what research results mean, humans don’t always have a great track record, says Dr Sara Wickham.
The War on Group B Strep
The War on Group B Strep. Article by Dr Sara Wickham.
The big pregnancy brain mush myth
Researchers at a recent British Psychological Society conference claim to have refuted the ‘myth’ that women’s mental capacities diminish during pregnancy (HMG Worldwide Ltd 2003). Their small study investigated whether there was any justification in the idea that pregnant women…
National breech rescue
I have talked to three women this month whose birth plans have, in one way or another, been altered by their baby turning breech. Two had planned home births, only to find that the local support available for women having…
Are we nearly there yet?
If one believes in the more radical versions of quantum theory (or watches enough Star Trek), there must be a parallel reality somewhere in which British midwives are very excited about the year 2003. In this alternate universe, midwives all…