Labour progress resources

This post offers a summary of labour and progress related resources that are right here and freely available on my website. Let’s start with some thoughts on why normal birth matters to women, some studies related to normal birth, why…

Asking different questions…

An important paper has been published in Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care this month, in which expert maternity care researchers from around the world have come together to call for a new approach to research. In ‘Asking different questions: A…

The risk-managed birth ball

This is one of my favourite articles that I have written, and I realised this week that it is now 15 years old. I am sharing it again in the hope that others will enjoy it too 🙂 Last month…

Knowing the way…

“Today a pregnant womyn who wants a loving presence, no interventions, and a sense of excitement and joy for the upcoming mystery has to birth against a modern current of pressure bigger than a tsunami: a force that finds its…

Revisiting the world wide wonder

A few things happened to me last week which led me to decide to re-share an article that I first wrote in 2002. First, someone asked for it, which is always interesting with an older article. I’m aware that students…

Book and instagram news!

I have two pieces of news to share today! First, a new, shiny, updated version of my book Inducing Labour: making informed decisions launched on Thursday, 10th May! The new version includes discussion of new research, practice-related issues and thinking…

The birth of a midwife?

About sixteen years ago, I attended my friend Megan’s home birth in what was at the time a new role for me; as the support person for her 3 year old daughter Eleanor. Eleanor and I had a marvellous time;…

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring! And happy Autumn, to our friends down under! I’ve not written a blog post for today, as I’m hoping you’re all enjoying some time off, but I wanted to say hello to anyone who was online, whether at…

Pinard Wisdom (part 2)

Over the years, I have been repeatedly asked by student midwives for a reference to an article that gives basic information on how to use a Pinard to listen to a baby’s heartbeat, either to supplement learning in practice, or…

Pinard Wisdom (part 1)

Over the years, I have been repeatedly asked by student midwives for a reference to an article that gives basic information on how to use a Pinard to listen to a baby’s heartbeat, either to supplement learning in practice, or…

The wisdom of storks

The stork is well loved as an image associated with birth and midwives; a good number of midwifery practices in the English-speaking world feature the word in their name, and images of the birds often appear on logos and web…

What really matters?

“Factors that have eroded midwifery skill are largely political; embedded in midwifery laws in the form of practice guidelines … A model of perinatal care that offers insight, continuity and intuition; respects birth as an altered state; shows reverent curiosity…