Dr Rachel Reed
midwife • author • educator
- Similar sized hens = different sized eggs. Nature is full of normal variations. Just like childbirth.Rather than change (or eliminate) prescribed timeframes, women are subjected to unnecessary medical interventions. Blog post: https://midwifethinking.com/2015/05/02/vaginal-examinations-a-symptom-of-a-cervix-centric-birth-culture/Thanks for the feedback Melissa! 💜Certain books have helped me understand what is going on around me during particular phases of life. The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf provided insight into my experience as a teenage girl in a world that expected 'too much'. Today, I am navigating the perimenopause, and these two books have put the feelings and experiences of this phase of life into words. I am so grateful to the authors @sharonblackiemythmakings and Victoria Smith (not on IG).Updated blog post: Five years on, there is still no good evidence supporting the effectiveness of the 'perineal bundle' in reducing perineal trauma during physiological birth. However, there is research showing its negative impact on women's experience of birth and midwives' practice. Like most routine interventions, the bundle was introduced without evidence and remains despite new evidence. The 'perineal bundle' is here to stay because it meets the needs of the maternity system. Blog post: https://midwifethinking.com/2018/05/09/the-perineal-bundle-and-midwifery/Considering childbirth as a rite of passage allows us to acknowledge that self-transformation occurs regardless of where it happens or how it unfolds. It supports women to find their individual pathways through their rite of passage and requires care providers to consider how their actions and interactions influence women’s experiences.
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Updated: September 2019 Most women will sustain some damage to their perineum during birth (AIHW 2018). Around 50% will have a tear or graze in the skin and/or vaginal wall (1st / 2nd degree). Occasionally (1% of non-instrumental vaginal births) … Continue reading
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