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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?
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?
There are a lot of uncertainties in medical science (see my recent post here for just one example), a lot of areas where we just don’t have enough research to know if something is harmful. But smoking isn’t one of those areas. To be blunt, cigarettes are expensive, addictive and they kill. I hope my… Continue reading Let’s End The Packet Racket
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
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?
To be honest I feel rather lucky that we’ve made it almost to E’s 3rd birthday with only one dash to A&E, so I guess we were probably due another one on Tuesday when poor E was running along in front of me and suddenly, for no apparent reason, fell on her head. She just… Continue reading Little Miss Bump
I spotted a notice today for a free childbirth workshop, I took a look and immediately wished I hadn’t. On the plus side it may have gone some way to improving my low blood pressure! The notice said you would learn (amongst other things) how to avoid the need for pain and unnecessary interventions and how… Continue reading Childbirth and the Science of Woo
I’m off sick, boo, but it’s Thursday, which means it’s R2BC (reasons to be cheerful) day so I’m on the sofa under a blanket, looking for the bright side: 1- I’m sick on a work day. I do feel bad that I’m not in work today, there was stuff I wanted to get done, I’m… Continue reading Poorly Sick
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