Category: Research Updates

Could maternal body slope be key to protecting babies?

I caught up briefly with Suzanne Colson at the Midwifery Today conference last month, and was really interested to hear about her take on a possible explanation for the possible link between maternal breastfeeding position and sudden unexpected postnatal collapse…

Is 28-week rhesus antibody testing justifiable?

Researchers in the US have published a paper in Obstetrics and Gynecology questioning the value of carrying out indirect antiglobulin screening on rhesus negative women at 28 weeks of gestation (Abbey and Dunsmoor-Su 2014). In most Western countries, all women…

Breastfeeding: food for thought…

If you have any contact with women who are giving birth and/or breastfeeding, then I would urge you to consider reading a study published recently in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (which means it’s free, and here’s the link) in which…

Another riff on the latest home birth research…

It doesn’t matter how many insults are thrown at those who choose and support homebirth; research study after research study continues to show that this is a safe and reasonable option.  This week, the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health…

Age, obesity and uterine contractility…

During the last week, two important papers from the Birthplace team have been published. The impact of maternal obesity on intrapartum outcomes in otherwise low risk women: secondary analysis of the Birthplace national prospective cohort study, which has been available…