Category: Research Updates

Putting paradigms into perspective…

“Online content targeted at pregnant women often promotes products, a particular world view, or lifestyle choices, linking them to positive outcomes for them or their babies, but is often not a reflection of the scientific evidence.”  (Jesper 2014). So begins…

Women’s experiences of monitoring fetal movements…

Researchers have looked at women’s experiences of two different self-assessment methods for monitoring fetal movements in full-term pregnancy and, although the study was relatively small, it would appear that more of the Swedish women who participated, having tried both methods,…

The case against electronic fetal monitoring

Just weeks after the publication of two articles in the BJOG that questioned electronic fetal heart monitoring, a freely available article in the Journal of Child Neurology does an absolutely stellar job of bringing together the case against the use…

Yay for the Barkantine!

Research carried out as part of a project designed to assess a London freestanding birth centre in collaboration with the Birthplace project has found that women who booked their care at the Barkantine Birth Centre rated their care more highly…

The importance of immediate/early skin-to-skin after caesarean

“Immediate or early skin-to-skin contact after a Caesarean section may increase breastfeeding initiation, decrease time to the first breastfeed, reduce formula supplementation in hospital, increase bonding and maternal satisfaction, maintain the temperature of newborns and reduce newborn stress” (Stevens et…