Some Important Lessons From Disney – About Measles and Vaccines

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When Is The Best Time To Have An Epidural?

Ok I’ll do it for you – Shortly after conception and for the next 18 years Boom-tish //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/173629237?et=B5aOrJnSTSpJTSRk587n8A&sig=M6yCgu8lZhjmtOVgcxEoxRjNGvJfKFgk8XdWdjCQ46o= #173629237 / gettyimages.com I wrote recently about a new study which disproved the idea that inducing labour increases the liklihood of a women ending up with a Caesarean section. Hot on it’s heels came another publication which called into… Continue reading When Is The Best Time To Have An Epidural?

Is Home Birth As Dangerous As Not Letting Your Child Wear A Seat Belt?

Choosing a home birth is dangerous, unethical and akin to driving your child around without a seat belt on according to recent stories in The Independent and Mail Online. The articles are based on a review published in the BMJ . So should we be enforcing tougher rules to prevent reckless women endangering their babies… Continue reading Is Home Birth As Dangerous As Not Letting Your Child Wear A Seat Belt?

WDDTY – Depression, Drugs and Autism: Blame Mum

The latest edition of “health” magazine “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” claims that if a mother takes antidepressants during pregnancy, she triples the chances of her baby developing autism. Except that’s not quite what the study it references actually said…. Firstly – I have to thank the lovely writer of Nurture My Baby who posted about the… Continue reading WDDTY – Depression, Drugs and Autism: Blame Mum

RCOG: Baby On Board, Brain Out The Window?

30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 10: Key Phrases Pregnant women aren’t stupid (ok some of them are, grab any large enough selection of the population and there will be someone who thinks dolphin midwives are a great idea, but that’s got nothing to do with pregnancy hormones).  Most women are reasonably intelligent AND can still… Continue reading RCOG: Baby On Board, Brain Out The Window?

The Science of Pain

I find pain fascinating*, especially after experiencing plenty of it in childbirth. It seems so basic a thing that it’s easy to assume modern medicine would have pain all figured out, but it really really doesn’t and not just because of a lack of basic biological knowledge (although that is a part of it). Everyone’s experience of pain is different… Continue reading The Science of Pain