Sara Wickham considers issues around the language we use to discuss birth decisions, and highlights nuances in what people are actually asking for.
Tag: placental birth
The theoretical risk of water embolism
Dr Sara Wickham explains how the theoretical risk of water embolism came about, and why it’s not a risk at all.
Delaying cord clamping for six minutes is safe
New research has added to our knowledge about delaying cord clamping. We know now that it is safe to wait 6 minutes after birth, even when an oxytocic drug is given to assist with the birth of the placenta. Waiting,…
Optimal cord clamping: what’s the evidence?
What do women want when it comes to the induction decision? Dr Sara Wickham investigates research which shows that it’s more complex than we might think.
A revelation that every birth worker needs to know about gravity and placental transfusion
Do we really need to hold newborn babies at the level of the placenta so that gravity can assist transfusion? No, according to new research.
Ten things you can do before clamping the umbilical cord…
Dr Sara Wickham suggests things that can be done before clamping the umbilical cord, thus ensuring that babies get their full complement of blood.
Sara Wickham’s books are now available on Kobo!
Sara Wickham’s most recent books are now available in electronic form on Kobo, as well as in paperback and on Kindle.
Tips for physiological birth of the placenta
Sara Wickham shares tips for physiological birth of the placenta which emerged from a discussion held with a circle of midwives.
Can I have a natural placental birth after induction?
“Is it possible to have a natural placental birth after induction?” That’s a question I get asked a lot. My first reply to this question usually begins with me saying that I am not sure that any part of a…
What I knew about placental birth that my obstetrician friend didn’t…
Evidence is important, but it isn’t enough. Sara Wickham explains why we need to learn from stories as well as science.