Dr Rachel Reedmidwife, lecturer and birth nerd
- Responsibilities in the mother-midwife relationship
- 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?
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- An actively managed placental birth might be the best option for most women
- Amniotic Fluid Volume: too much, too little, or who knows?
- Induction: a step by step guide
- Nuchal Cords: the perfect scapegoat
- Induction of Labour: balancing risks
- The Curse of Meconium Stained Liquor
- In Defence of the Amniotic Sac
- Pre-labour Rupture of Membranes: impatience and risk
- The Anterior Cervical Lip: how to ruin a perfectly good birth
- Asynclitism: a well aligned baby or a tilted head?
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Edited/Updated: September 2015 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 … 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: April 2016 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
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
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