The Microbiome: Seeding Some Questions

The current next big thing in health news seems to be the Microbiome. According to a growing number of reports it could be involved in everything from Schizophrenia to Obesity. So there has been speculation about where it comes from and if how a baby is born, either vaginally or by C section, could determine… Continue reading The Microbiome: Seeding Some Questions

C Section Rates – The Economist Edition

So I was going to take a break from blogging this month. It’s the school holidays and I’ve been trying to juggle childcare, work and my new sideline reviewing festivals (check out the fab Festival Kidz website btw). Frankly, I’m exhausted. But, MrSB sent me an article in the Economist and now I’m sneaking back in… Continue reading C Section Rates – The Economist Edition

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

Home Birth, Hospital Birth and Not So NICE Advice

I’ve written previously here and here about the draft guidance from NICE on where women should give birth, but (as you’ll have noticed if you were anywhere near UK media this morning) the final version is now out. The headlines mostly read something like this (From the Mirror): Mums-To-Be Warned “Have Your Baby At Home, It’s… Continue reading Home Birth, Hospital Birth and Not So NICE Advice