Water for labour and birth; enhancing experience, enhancing birth

Water for labour and birth; enhancing experience, enhancing birth Caitlin Wilson – Consultant Midwife at the University of Worcester and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust The use of water for labour and birth has increased in popularity over the past decades. Pioneered in modern maternity settings, by Michele Odent (1983), water has now become a mainstream choice […]

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Looking back – a midwife’s reflection of her career

By Angela McBennett   A note to start…. It seems that in the ‘blink of an eye’, 27 years have flown by as I retire from general midwifery. My memories of midwifery will always be forever in my heart. Pregnancy and birth is a unique time in a family’s life and, as a midwife, we […]

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Birth Undisturbed – a guest post by Natalie Lennard

I am a fine-art and commercial photographer of 11 years. Having long created surreal and elaborate fantasy scenes, always with a singularly conventional femininity, I’ve been increasingly hungry to showcase a more raw, powerful beauty in the most surreal yet commonplace event in a woman’s life: childbirth. Evan Gabriel I have long been fascinated by […]

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The birth of our humanity

  ‘A child is born’ …and then? How will that life unfold? Will this baby be well and healthy at birth, with a mother who has been wrapped around in loving care, not only in her childhood and life, but also in pregnancy, labour, birth and the early weeks of life? Will this baby be […]

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The politics of normal birth

  I will be writing a blog post each month, and you can hear more about it HERE. This first month I am looking at the politics of normal birth. As a midwife you have an impact on people’s lives. Let’s make that impact informed and compassionate by thinking things through. The time for improvement […]

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Water as non-pharmacological pain management in labour

Water as non-pharmacological pain management in labour The use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in maternity care has risen over the past two decades. An increasing number of women seek non-pharmacological pain management during labour and birth. The use of hydrotherapy – or water immersion – during labour offers women a naturalistic approach to […]

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Promoting normality and choice by creating a home-from-home birthing room

Promoting normality and choice by creating a home-from-home birthing room Promoting normality within the birth environment has been a key policy driver for a number of years. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (2014) recommends that low-risk women birth either at home or in a midwife-led unit, but not all maternity services […]

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Effective non-pharmacological birth interventions

ADVANCING PRACTICE Intrapartum Care Effective non-pharmacological birth interventions Midwifery expertise is in ‘normal’ birth. What constitutes ‘normal’ is debatable, but well embedded within ‘normal’ are the birth plans of women who aspire to give birth without using drugs. To give birth without drugs for many may seem undesirable or intolerable, especially to those whose cultural […]

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Mobility and upright positioning in labour

A study by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) (2010) concluded that 49 per cent of women gave birth in the supine position. The RCM advocates getting women ‘off the bed’ in its campaign for normal birth (RCM 2005a). There has been much speculation as to why women labour on the bed, with some suggesting […]

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