Getting Involved Offline – The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

I’ve set myself a few challenges for this, my third (and final) round of maternity leave. With my older two children at school and a severely diminished interest in group singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I’m doing things a bit differently. I’ve ditched (most of) the baby groups. Instead, I’ve been looking for opportunities to get… Continue reading Getting Involved Offline – The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

The Slightly Sweary Caesarean Recovery Plan

I’ve had three caesarean births. I still wish I had a detailed plan about how to recover from one.  If you look for the pros and cons of  C-section V vaginal birth, the recovery is always a big deal. Caesarean recoveries are much harder we’re told. But that’s about all we’re told. When I first… Continue reading The Slightly Sweary Caesarean Recovery Plan

Are Women Losing The Ability To Give Birth Naturally?

Or,  Has Michael Odent finally jumped the shark dolphin…* Has something happened that is stopping women from performing the most ordinary but amazing act in nature? Well according to French surgeon and Obstetrician Michael Odent it has. But I’m not so sure… Firstly big hat tip to Kiran Chug who has already blogged about this… Continue reading Are Women Losing The Ability To Give Birth Naturally?

The WHO Recommended Caesarean Section Rate (2015 Edition)

Yesterday the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a statement about Caesarean sections- the title was: Caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary This was, of course, picked up by the press, with The Guardian pretty much copy-pasting the headline. So, does the WHO have some striking new evidence that there are far too many… Continue reading The WHO Recommended Caesarean Section Rate (2015 Edition)

10 (+1) Things Not To Say To A C Section Mum

Whatever the Telegraph may think, most Caesarean sections don’t happen because “posh” women want to schedule them around their manicures or business meetings. They are usually undesirable, often unexpected and occasionally downright terrifying. I was lucky enough to come out of my emergency c section with a healthy baby, without the surgery the outcome would… Continue reading 10 (+1) Things Not To Say To A C Section Mum

Angels and Demons, Some Thoughts On The Morcambe Bay Scandal

I’ve been reading about the Kirkup inquiry into the deaths of mothers and babies at Furness hospital with great sorrow today. I wish I could also say I was shocked but I’m really not. I’ve not read the full 209 page document but one part of the executive summary really struck me. “…working relationships were extremely poor, particularly… Continue reading Angels and Demons, Some Thoughts On The Morcambe Bay Scandal

Have Your Kids Had Their Smallpox Vaccination?

Have you vaccinated your kids against smallpox? No?  Why on earth not? Oh, wait… I’ve not given my kids the smallpox vaccine, I doubt anyone reading this has – why? Because there is no more smallpox. Barring a few samples in two high security labs the disease simply does not exist anymore. Look it up… Continue reading Have Your Kids Had Their Smallpox Vaccination?