Author Archives: midwifethinking

About midwifethinking

independent midwife, lecturer and student of all things birthy

Induction: a step by step guide

Updated and edited: February 2014 This post has been inspired by conversations I’ve had with women about their experiences of induction. Induction of labour is increasingly common, yet women often seem to be very mis-informed about what it involves, or … Continue reading

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Guest post: when birth is trauma

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Ford (website) who is based in the UK so is writing from a UK perspective. Elizabeth explored birth trauma for her PhD and generously agreed to write a post for MidwifeThinking. There are lots … Continue reading

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Judging Birth

This post is a little different to my usual posts (I apologise to those wanting some physiology and links to research). Instead, I have written about something that keeps cropping up in my conversations with mothers and birth workers. I … Continue reading

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VBAC: making a mountain out of a molehill

Edited and updated: October 2013 VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) is big. A google search for ‘vbac’ results in ‘about 1,390,000′ results. Reviews, guidelines, policies and statements are being produced by every organisation with an interest in birth. Support groups and … Continue reading

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Cord Blood Collection: confessions of a vampire-midwife

When I was a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed student midwife I was awarded with a certificate and a box of chocolates. My achievement was collecting the most cord blood in the hospital. At that time the Local Health District was trialling a … Continue reading

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The Anterior Cervical Lip: how to ruin a perfectly good birth

Edited and update: November 2013 Here is a scenario I keep hearing over and over: A woman is labouring away and all is good. She begins to push with contractions, and her midwife encourages her to follow her body. After … Continue reading

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Stages of Labour and Collusion

My New Years resolution is to stop colluding in the myth of stages of labour. Will you join me? This may be a little difficult as a midwife and an educator but I’ll give it a go – will you? … Continue reading

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Shoulder Dystocia: the real story

Edited and updated: September 2013 The media have been reporting on shoulder dystocia. Apparently doctors are having to attend special classes to learn how to break babies’ bones because mothers are fat, and make their babies too big. At least … Continue reading

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Testing, Testing…

I am visiting the BaBs Sunshine Coast group tomorrow to talk about the tests offered during pregnancy and afterwards to newborns. You can download my antenatal tests summary information if you are interested. The summary will provide you with an overview … Continue reading

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The Curse of Meconium Stained Liquor

Dear unborn baby, Please consider holding your poo in until after you are born. The big people on the outside get very stressed about your poo and will want to change the way you are birthed if they find any … Continue reading

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