Category: Articles

Hands-off midwifery and the art of balance

“There does not seem to be a clear theoretical definition of what ‘hands-off’ practice means, although it is a term whose meaning might seem fairly obvious to most people. In relation to midwifery, it appears to be used in at…

What is a stretch and sweep?

Is a ‘stretch and sweep’ a useful low-tech intervention which might prevent the need for induction of labour, or an unnecessary interference in pregnancy?  A “marvellously effective way of preventing the need for medical induction of labour for post-dates ……

Celebrating my Nanny…

Yesterday would have been my lovely Nanny’s 94th birthday.  Nanny passed on recently, and I wanted to celebrate her life, her birthday and her contribution to midwifery by re-sharing an article that she and I co-authored in her 80th year;…

Supervision and attendance: control or compassion?

Among other things, the word ‘supervise’ can mean to oversee, to manage, to control, to run, to direct, to watch, or to observe.  The midwifery literature has included ongoing discussion about whether midwives need to be supervised, given that a…

Is APGAR scoring a flexible friend?

It is now over fifty years since Virginia Apgar created the scoring system that led to an increased focus on babies in their critical first moments (Apgar 1953).  It led to her being honoured on a postal stamp and posthumously…

Illuminating risk (part 2)

In honour of the fact that I’ll be getting ready to speak on the subject of risk for Homebirth Australia as this post goes live, I decided it was about time that I posted up more of my past work…

Cyberchondria and hypergoogleosis

I am writing this while a little sleep deprived.  Mainly because my lovely man (who says I am allowed to write about this as long as he can be referred to by the handle ‘CB’) developed an itchy skin rash…

Wizards, quilts and soothsaying

In honour of the date, I have chosen, formatted and uploaded a couple of articles to which I have new footnotes to add but which, more importantly, will allow me to post cool seasonal pictures 😀 (Never let it be…