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

Pureed Evidence – Is Baby Led Weaning Scientifically Better Than Spoon Feeding?

It was puree all the way when I weaned MissE. I’d heard of Baby Led Weaning (BLW) , where babies are given whole foods and feed themselves, but I was terrified of her choking. To be honest, she was my first baby and I was terrifying of pretty much everything. By the time her sister… Continue reading Pureed Evidence – Is Baby Led Weaning Scientifically Better Than Spoon Feeding?

Is Home Birth As Dangerous As Not Letting Your Child Wear A Seat Belt?

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?

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

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