Dr Rachel Reed
midwife • academic • writer • presenter
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- For more on 'pushing' during birth see my various blog posts (link in bio) and listen to @themidwivescauldron episode on pushing and cervixes.We need to re-think 'risk management' in maternity care.In keeping with the cicada theme. I found this and it perfectly reflects my current feels. This last week as been epic. I feel like a husk 😆. Just got to find the cicada who emerged and get him to sing. First recovery 😉 #overwhelm #stress #cicada #emergenceJournal article: Women and Birth (in press) - How a perineal care bundle impacts midwifery practice in Australian maternity hospitals: a critical, reflexive, thematic analysis; authors Jyai Allen, Kirsten Small and Nigel Lee (unfortunately the article is not open access - excerpts below)This morning I was crossing the creek (crawling across rocks) and this beauty landed in front of my face and started to drown. I fished him out and we hung out until he had dried off 😍 #cicadasIf you are wondering what all the swearing is about at the end of the latest @themidwivescauldron podcast interview with @birthtimeworld... I revealed my tattoo while Zoe was explaining the significance of the cicada to the Birth Time movie.
- The Anterior Cervical Lip: how to ruin a perfectly good birth
- The Curse of Meconium Stained Liquor
- VBAC: making a mountain out of a molehill
- Supporting women's instinctive pushing behaviour during birth
- Amniotic Fluid Volume: too much, too little, or who knows?
- Shoulder Dystocia: the real story
- In Celebration of the OP Baby
- Big Babies: the risk of care provider fear
- Judging Birth
- Perineal Protectors?
Tag Archives: induction
Big babies are normal in well resourced countries. Over 10% of babies born in the UK and Australia weigh 4kg (8lb 13oz) or more. Healthy well nourished women grow healthy well nourished babies. Genetic factors also influence the size of … Continue reading
Updated: July 2019 My book Why Induction Matters is now available from all the usual retailers: Amazon; Book Depository; Booktopia; Capers Bookstore; Wordery Around 1 in 4 women have their labour induced (1 in 3 in the UK and Australia). This book is … 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
Updated: August 2019 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 was … Continue reading
Updated: December 2017 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 … Continue reading