Silencing negative birth stories only helps to create more, robs women of their voice and treats us like delicate snowflakes who can’t be trusted with the truth. Remind me again what century this is? Keep Quiet and Carry On That seemed to be the message on twitter recently, from a senior midwife to women who’ve… Continue reading Silencing Negative Birth Stories
The NHS National Maternity Review has called for women to have more choice and greater continuity in their maternity care – yet it was very quiet on some of the choices many women want or need. So what does choice really mean for pregnant women and will the options recommended in the review ever be… Continue reading The National Maternity Review – What Does Choice Mean?
I was really disappointed to read this article today in the Guardian, The general gist is that some doctors think acupuncture works and should be available on the NHS with all doctors learning at least a little about it in training and midwives being trained to administer it to ease labour pain. According to the… Continue reading Acupuncture For All – On the NHS?
There is a lot I would like to say to you but it all boils down to this: Please listen. Listen to as many voices as you possibly can. Even, no, especially the difficult ones. There must be no voices too hard to hear and no beliefs too sacred to be challenged. Listen to the… Continue reading What I Want The National Maternity Review To Know
I’ve always been in two minds about writing down the details of MissE’s birth. In some ways it seems odd to share such an intimate and difficult story with whichever total strangers come across my blog. It is necessarily very long and I’m wary of producing a horror story or looking like I’m just fishing… Continue reading Finally, MissE’s Birth Story
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?
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)