Dr Rachel Reed
midwife • academic • writer • presenter
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- Some snippets of MIDWIFERY HERSTORY in celebration of International Day of the Midwife:Florence from the @theobspod has a reviewed my book on her latest podcast episode. Reading my book was clearly challenging and confronting for her. I have great respect for how she reflects on the issues I raise and her own sphere of influence. We need more of this listening and reflecting between the various care providers involved in the childbirth rite of passage. Individual care providers don't need to agree on everything and will always see some things differently. However, sharing the intention of centring women is foundation to changing maternity services. Head over to the podcast to listen.This seems to be a popular quote from the book.No one except the mother can assess the strength or effectiveness of a contraction. Physiology can be disrupted by unnecessary 'palpating' of contractions. Stop belly-bothering women during labour.I have been getting some very positive and heartwarming feedback about my book on the socials, via email and face-to-face. Thank you! I would really, really appreciate some reviews on Goodreads and/or online bookstores because this helps others find the book and know whether it is worth a read.CHAPTER 5 PREPARATION: However, it can be helpful to have a 'map' of the institution you plan to birth in ie. the cultural norms, hierarchies and your rights within that.
- The Curse of Meconium Stained Liquor
- The Anterior Cervical Lip: how to ruin a perfectly good birth
- Amniotic Fluid Volume: too much, too little, or who knows?
- In Celebration of the OP Baby
- Pre-labour Rupture of Membranes: impatience and risk
- Induction: a step by step guide
- Shoulder Dystocia: the real story
- Post-Dates Induction of Labour: balancing risks
- Gestational Diabetes: beyond the label
- Perineal Protectors?
Tag Archives: contractions
Updated: October 2019 I have previously written about how the current framework for understanding and assessing labour progress is inaccurate, not supported by evidence, and fails to incorporate women’s experience of birth. This post is in response to readers asking … Continue reading
Updated: July 2019 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 induce labour … Continue reading
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 need to … Continue reading
This is just a little post to ease me back into the blogging world (thesis finally submitted). As usual, the content is in response to a reoccurring issue and discussions with mothers and midwives. And I welcome your experiences and comments … Continue reading
Links updated: August 2019 This article was written for AIMS Journal (2011, vol. 23, no. 2) and expands on my previous post about my New Years resolution – which by the way I have kept. AIMS have kindly allowed me … Continue reading