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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 Curse of Meconium Stained Liquor

Edited and updated: November 2014 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 … 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: October 2014 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. … Continue reading

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Birth from the Baby’s Perspective

Edited and updated: March 2013 Picture this… A mother sits holding her newborn son on a postnatal ward during visiting time. One of her visitors reaches forward, grasps the baby by the head and pulls him out of his mothers … 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: July 2014 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 and … Continue reading

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