The Assault on Normal Birth: The OB Disinformation Campaign

by Henci Goer Source: 2002 www.midwiferytoday.com We seem to have spent the last few years reeling from assault after assault on the concept of normal birth. Have you wondered, as I have, what is going on? Why is our side of the story nowhere to be heard? Why, for...

Cervical Reversal/Regression

Lois Bowman The importance of delivering evidence based midwifery care is now a pretty well understood and established norm. However, from time to time midwives have to deal with occurrences that have never been reported in literature, or researched. Cervical reversal...

Detection of scar problems during VBAC

Mary Cronk MBE, has been a midwife since the early 60s and been practicing independently since 1990, has extensive experience of caring for VBAC and HBAC women. She discusses ways she feels she can enhance the safety of such women. <!–inline-more–> I...

Neonatal Jaundice

Jaundice is clinically detectable in the newborn when the serum bilirubin levels are greater than 85 micromols per litre. This occurs in approximately 60% of term infants and 80% of preterm infants. Hyperbilirubinaemia is either unconjugated (which is potentially...

Routine Antenatal Anti-D – A review of the evidence

by Sara Wickham While the postnatal administration of anti-D immunoglobulin to rhesus negative woman who have given birth to a rhesus positive baby has been considered by many as an acceptable and beneficial routine intervention for the last thirty years, the question...

Guidelines for care of a woman expecting Twins

By Mary Cronk October 2007 Antenatal care Depending on the gestation when the diagnosis of the twin pregnancy is made, the following should be discussed with the woman, and her partner if appropriate. Nutrition and Diet I find it helpful to ask the woman to keep a...

The 6-month shuffle – introducing solids

Karen Clark Current thinking is that solids should not be introduced before 16 weeks. Many babies are not in a hurry to start solids, and lots will only show interest at 6 months. This is called the 6-month shuffle as it is recommended that babies be exclusively...

How NICELY do women give birth in South Africa

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) released new childbirth guidelines last week that call for more normal births, and more control for women over how and where they give birth. Andrea Sutcliffe, Deputy Chief Executive of NICE said:...

HypnoBirthing® – Taking the world by calm!

The world for the pregnant woman is one filled with excitement, anticipation, anxiety and, in many instances, a very real fear or trepidation, particularly for first timers. HypnoBirthing® is designed to alleviate the factors which cause fear, allowing you to birth...