Monthly Archives: July 2010

Pushing: leave it to the experts

Edited and updated: April 2014 A birthing woman is the expert regarding when and how she pushes. Providing directions implies she needs our guidance and we are the experts. Of course each woman and birth situation is different and in some … Continue reading

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Listening to Baby During Labour

Edited and updated: August 2013 Intermittent auscultation (IA) is considered to be an important aspect of midwifery care for women during a ‘low risk’ labour. The expectation of surveillance of the baby is reflected in guidelines and hospital policies. The recommended … Continue reading

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Nuchal Cords: the perfect scapegoat

Edited and updated: April 2013 To get this blog going I decided to write about a slight obsession of mine: The fear of, and routine midwifery management of nuchal cords at birth (umbilical cord around the neck). I have written … Continue reading

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