Rachel Reedindependent midwife, lecturer and birth nerd
- Supporting women’s instinctive pushing behaviour during birth
- Vaginal examinations: a symptom of a cervical-centric birth culture
- The Human Microbiome: considerations for pregnancy, birth and early mothering
- The Future of Midwifery and Homebirth in Australia?
- Midwifery Practice During Birth: rites of passage and rites of protection
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- Induction: a step by step guide
- Amniotic Fluid Volume: too much, too little, or who knows?
- Induction of Labour: balancing risks
- The Curse of Meconium Stained Liquor
- Pre-labour Rupture of Membranes: impatience and risk
- The Anterior Cervical Lip: how to ruin a perfectly good birth
- Perineal Protectors?
- In Defence of the Amniotic Sac
- Early Labour and Mixed Messages
- Nuchal Cords: the perfect scapegoat
Tag Archives: amniotic fluid
This post is in response to readers asking me to cover the topic of induction for low amniotic fluid volume (AFV). Most of the content is available in textbooks, in particular Coad and Dunstall 2011 and Beall and Ross (2011), … Continue reading
Updated and edited: March 2015 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 what … Continue reading
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
Edited and updated: November 2015 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
Edited/Updated: September 2015 Artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) aka ‘breaking the waters’ is a common intervention during birth. However, an ARM should not be carried out without a good understanding of how the amniotic sac and fluid function in labour. Women … Continue reading