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

Post Natal Care; My After The Birth Story

This post is mostly for the #MatExp folks who I have been trying to keep up with on twitter (it really wouldn’t have fitted into 140 characters!) Heads up other readers this isn’t a very happy or positive story, although thankfully we were ok in the end. If you are expecting a baby and anxious… Continue reading Post Natal Care; My After The Birth Story

Caesareans, Sex Lives and the Good Old Daily Mail.

I was wondering what to write next on this blog, I had a couple of posts in mind before Christmas that I never got time to write, but they are hardly topical now. However, thanks to the NCT twitter feed I have something new to be cross about: It’s a startling figure, I knew the… Continue reading Caesareans, Sex Lives and the Good Old Daily Mail.

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I’ve written previously here and here about the draft guidance from NICE on where women should give birth, but (as you’ll have noticed if you were anywhere near UK media this morning) the final version is now out.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

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?

Induction – Cascade – Caesarean Section

It’s well known fact of modern childbirth: Inducing labour sets off a cascade of other interventions which often lead, with grim inevitability, to an emergency C section.But is this actually true?update, 1/10/14 – Since writing this post the NCT have updated their information on inductions and removed the section quoted below. More on this here.… Continue reading Induction – Cascade – Caesarean Section

Evidence – Part 1, The WHO Says It’s True

In my recent C-section related posts I’ve been moaning a lot about the lack of references and evidence for a lot of the claims that people make. It annoys me, a lot. But what really winds me up is self appointed “experts” who link to “scientific proof” that’s nothing of the sort.Pregnancy, birth and parenting… Continue reading Evidence – Part 1, The WHO Says It’s True