Tag: revisiting

Holistic Tensions: is west really best?

I am still on my mission to upload as many of my ‘classic’ articles as are still relevant… Today I’m sharing an article that I wrote a few years ago about holistic healing modalities, which underpins some of my more…

Choice, Liberty and Public Health

“The field and concept of public health, by definition, involves the making of policies which seek to improve the health of populations. Inevitably, this involves the appraisal of epidemiological data and consideration of which measures will improve health and prevent…

Vitamin K, reflecting on a decade

In 2003, I wrote a booklet for AIMS called Vitamin K and the Newborn.  It was designed to offer information to parents seeking to make decisions about vitamin K, a prophylactic intervention offered to all newborn babies in the UK…

Wizards, quilts and soothsaying

In honour of the date, I have chosen, formatted and uploaded a couple of articles to which I have new footnotes to add but which, more importantly, will allow me to post cool seasonal pictures 😀 (Never let it be…

Choice, Control and the Parenting Police…

A pregnant woman, who we’ll call Amanda, was recently reported to Social Services by her midwife.   A representative from Social Services contacted Amanda and, somewhere along the line, Amanda realised that her ability to be a good mother to her…

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…