Category Archives: birth

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

Edited and update: April 2015 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 a … 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: May 2015 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 that’s … Continue reading

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The Curse of Meconium Stained Liquor

Edited and updated: January 2015 When meconium is noticed in amniotic fluid during labour it often initiates a cascade of intervention. A CTG machine will often be strapped onto the woman reducing her ability to move, labour in water, and increasing … Continue reading

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Induction of Labour: balancing risks

Edited and updated: March 2015 In Australia 26% of labours are induced. The most common reason for induction is a ‘prolonged pregnancy’. That’s an awful lot of babies outstaying their welcome and requiring eviction. I am not going to get stuck … Continue reading

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Pre-labour Rupture of Membranes: impatience and risk

Edited and updated: July 2014 Amniotic sac and fluid play an important role in the labour process and usually remain intact until the end of labour. However, around 10% of women will experience their waters breaking before labour begins. The standard approach to this situation is to … Continue reading

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The Placenta: essential resuscitation equipment

Updated: May 2015 Knowledge about the short-term and long-term benefits of ‘delayed cord clamping’ is finally making it into practice. Midwives and in some cases obstetricians are realising the importance of allowing the placenta to finish circulating blood before intervening. I … Continue reading

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