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…

Risk and birth

Sara Wickham offers resources to illuminate and further thinking about risk and birth and how the notion of risk is discussed in pregnancy and birth.

Stone circles, knitting and yoga…

Just sharing some fun photos today…  The lovely Sarah Buckley and her equally lovely family came to stay with us a couple of weekends ago and visited several of the ancient sites which surround us here in Wiltshire.  Sarah and…

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…

Thank you, Essentially MIDIRS

I was the founding Editor of Essentially MIDIRS and a past Editor of MIDIRS Midwifery Digest.  However, along with my colleagues Nadine Edwards and Becky Reed (editors of the Digest at that time), the entire Essentially MIDIRS Advisory Panel (Ina…

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…

Blaming the baby

When parents are led to believe that their newborn baby is ‘at fault’ for a health condition or situation, what implications does this have?

A Crying Shame

Sara Wickham laments the launch of more technology which aims to usurp their knowledge and instead tell them what it thinks their baby needs.

Weighing the Dangers

Sara Wickham looks at the WHO Child Growth Standards and asks why there is a discrepancy between them and mothers’ and midwives’ experience.

Spin-Based Practice

Why do some ‘facts’ and ‘findings’ get shared and publicised more than others? Dr Sara Wickham looks at the concept of spin in relation to birth knowledge.

Alternidurals

Sara Wickham debates the language of pain relief in labour, and asks how we can get better information out about the benefits and risks of this.

The big pregnancy brain mush myth

Researchers at a recent British Psychological Society conference claim to have refuted the ‘myth’ that women’s mental capacities diminish during pregnancy (HMG Worldwide Ltd 2003). Their small study investigated whether there was any justification in the idea that pregnant women…

National breech rescue

I have talked to three women this month whose birth plans have, in one way or another, been altered by their baby turning breech. Two had planned home births, only to find that the local support available for women having…

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…

Epidural Fever?

Here’s a clinical mystery… On one postnatal ward in a fairly average hospital at the beginning of this year, almost a third of the women were being given antibiotics.  Several of these women’s babies were also receiving antibiotics.  In all…

Welcome!

Hello!  This website began life as a repository rather than a blog … I was continually being asked for copies of articles that I had written, and began (with the kind permission of the original publishers) making them available here.…