Category: Research Updates

Five things we learned in Winter 2013…

Just in case you missed some of these as we slowed down for the holidays, I am offering a quick trip through five papers from towards the end of 2013 whose contents, for one reason or another, might be worthy…

Induction, augmentation and autism…

A study published in Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey this week which analysed birth and educational records has shown that children born to mothers who were induced, augmented or both had increased odds of having autism (Gregory et al 2014).  As…

The importance of BO…

Sara Wickham looks at research showing that the sense of smell may be more important at birth than we previously thought…

Yay for the M@NGO Trial…

Hooray for the M@NGO Trial! …because it demonstrates that caseload midwifery care can lower caesarean section rates …because it demonstrates this in women of ALL risk (not just low risk) …and because we have never been in more need of…

Rethinking the obesity risk

Research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology shows that women with a high BMI who have previously had at least one baby are less likely to experience obstetric complications during labour and birth than has been…

More evidence on positive benefits of home birth

Just a quick heads up for anyone who might have missed these two recent studies providing more evidence of the positive benefits of home birth… Firstly, and kindly made freely available by the folks at the British Medical Journal, we…