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?

New Nice Guidance – The Correct Birth Choice

Well damn it all, looks like I was totally wrong when I said that there was no one “right” way to give birth and  women should have clearly presented evidence to make their own decision. Just look at the news today: Labour wards not for for straightforward births  – BBC More Women Should Give Birth at Home … Continue reading New Nice Guidance – The Correct Birth Choice

Exercise In Pregnancy Boosts Babies Brains. Well, Possibly

According to an article on the Guardian website on Sunday: “Pregnant mothers who exercise boost babies’ brains.  Weekly exercise by mothers linked to better mental performance in later life“.   If you suspect I’m about to lay into this article, you’d be right. Somebody please sound the using dodgy science to attack women, again, klaxon.… Continue reading Exercise In Pregnancy Boosts Babies Brains. Well, Possibly

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

Book Review: Expecting Better

Economics professor Emily Oster got pregnant, then she got very annoyed, and then she wrote a book about it. The result is Expecting Better. A pregnancy book which, refreshingly, expects it’s reader to still have a functioning brain. Society has (mostly) moved on from treating all women as stupid, or at least doing so openly… Continue reading Book Review: Expecting Better

Womans Hour: Kirstie Allsopp V NCT

This morning, Womans Hour was guest hosted by Kirstie Allsopp. She chose to devote the entire programme to discussing childbirth and why many women don’t have the birth they had planned. Her guests included Belinda Phipps, CEO of the NCT, an organisation Allsopp has been (very) critical of in the past. It was actually all… Continue reading Womans Hour: Kirstie Allsopp V NCT