Category: Articles

Illuminating risk (part 1)

The concept of risk has been increasingly mentioned in birth-related literature over the past few years by many different groups.  Just to name a few of the more obvious ones, we have those who have become concerned by what they…

The theoretical risk of water embolism

I have learned this week that some things can’t be repeated often enough.  If you know the story of the theoretical risk of water embolism and understand that this is no more likely than lunar transplacental relocation (the explanation of…

Iron supplementation: lumping, splitting and choice

I have just uploaded two new articles relating to the recent update of the Cochrane review on daily oral iron supplementation; firstly, the ReView article (Wickham 2013a) in which I discussed the content and considered the implications of Peña-Rosas et…

Pondering the post-birth tea break

I am getting more and more feedback letting me know that my ‘revisiting’ activities are useful because the act of writing posts that link to specific articles and topics is helping people find articles and other content on this site,…

Folic Acid: what to do?

As I’m a tiny bit busy moving house this week, I am going to feed two birds with one bun (a phrase which I believed was my own creation until I googled it just now out of curiosity and discovered…

Choice, Control and the Parenting Police…

A pregnant woman, who we’ll call Amanda, was recently reported to Social Services by her midwife.   A representative from Social Services contacted Amanda and, somewhere along the line, Amanda realised that her ability to be a good mother to her…

A few top tens…

I have just uploaded some more articles: Top ten tips for dealing with emergencies in the community Top ten tips on turning an assignment into an article Top ten technologies that have improved the lives of women and midwives I…

Happy Spring!

I have just uploaded a few more articles – all of them ReView articles which can be accessed via the links below or from the Articles page. Cardiotocography versus intermittent auscultation of fetal heart on admission to labour ward for…

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…