The importance of everyday birth wisdom. The commonsense things that midwives do, and why it can be hard to access and share such knowledge.
Tag: promoting normality
Whatever happened to the precautionary principle?
Ethically, medical intervention has to prove itself against nature. Not the other way around. Sara Wickham on induction and the precautionary principle.
Making a difference with birth room photos…
Sara Wickham suggests that those interested in promoting active birth could make a difference by sharing photos depicting alternatives to the delivery bed.
When the simplest ideas are the best…
Having a wrap skirt available for women is one of the most effective and simplest ways to make pelvic exam better for women.
Keeping birth normal by reducing inductions
Research shows that, for most women, having labour induced means they are two or three times more likely to have an unplanned caesarean section
The most important thing women can do for themselves in the quest for a normal birth?
One of the most important things that a woman can do in order to help give herself the best chance of a straightforward normal birth with as little intervention as possible.
Cervical dilation is (now mathematically shown to be) unpredictable
Research has confirmed that, in spontaneous, naturally progressing labour, the rate of cervical dilatation is largely unpredictable.
Who is most at risk of caesarean section?
Who is most at risk of caesarean? Sara Wickham looks at research which highlights women who may need particular protection from unnecessary surgery.