As Hannah Dahlen so passionately said, ‘Midwives ARE the balance. We will no longer be ignored and we will win this battle.’ From the Lancet series on Midwifery (2014) to many more published papers, research has proved time and again that midwifery works. As far back as 1987 research has shown that continuity of midwifery… Read More Midwifery is the Balance in Birth
From the moment I read Childbirth Unmasked I became acutely aware that a woman’s innate power in birth had been usurped by a series of interventions and technological processes. Unfortunately the system designed to care for 1000’s of women, to prevent poor outcomes and ensure healthy mothers and babies, often fails to recognise the individuality… Read More Can you standardise birth?
The perineum is the area of skin and muscle between your vagina and anus. That’s the bit that has to stretch to around 10 cms diameter to enable your baby’s head to pass out of it. The perineum should naturally stretch during the birth to allow your baby’s head and body to be born. But… Read More How to do perineal massage
It was her first baby. She was well supported by her loving partner. They had planned and hoped for a gentle birth in the birth centre, using the hypnobirthing techniques they had learned together. But things had not quite gone that way. Here they were in a busy obstetric delivery suite, with white walls, a… Read More The Birth Pause