Tag: risk

Questioning screening: food for thought

Are you aware that the vast majority of the things that midwives do during antenatal and postnatal checks and when looking after women in labour are actually screening tests?  No matter whether we are checking a woman’s blood pressure, urine…

Another riff on the latest home birth research…

It doesn’t matter how many insults are thrown at those who choose and support homebirth; research study after research study continues to show that this is a safe and reasonable option.  This week, the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health…

On doing more (or less)…

When less may be more. Sara Wickham writes about the human tendency to want to prioritise action and ‘doing more’, when this may not be the best solution.

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.