Dr Rachel Reed
midwife • author • presenter • researcher
- In the 1930's Caldwell-Moloy classified the female pelvis into four types – gynaecoid, anthropoid, platypelloid and android. This nonsense is still taught to care providers and parents. More recently a study by Kuliukas et al. (2015) analysed 64 women's pelvises. They concluded that '…there was no obvious clustering into the four distinct types of pelvis (gynaecoid, anthropoid, android and platypelloid) in the Caldwell-Moloy classification, but rather an amorphous, cloudy continuum of shape variation.'An understanding of physiology should underpin any 'practice' or childbirth education. We need to reclaim birth knowledge rather than reinforce and sustain misconceptions created during the medicalisation of women's bodies. It doesn't matter if the information is transmitted via a diagram or a model (plastic or wooden) - it is incorrect.This happened on Amazon Australia 😁 I don't understand the algorithyms and it doesn't stay there long so I thought I'd better capture it. If you still haven't got your copy see the link in my bio. Also - lovely reviews are always welcome. They do something to the algorithyms apparently and help people find the book.Research, guidelines, policies and law will not change practice until the underlying birth culture and beliefs change.A big thank you to the attendees of the first Reclaiming Childbirth as a Rite of Passage Workshop. Also big love to Ma'et and Meg from @ittakesavillagemidwifery for hosting us in their beautiful space (and for the cheese and non-papaya fruit). Gold Coast next with @meaghan_amor_ (info in my bio link).A suspected 'big' baby is often used as an excuse to induce labour. However, what is usually not discussed is that: 1. ultrasound cannot accurately estimate the size of a baby and 2. guidelines do not recommend induction for a suspected large baby. See my blog post for more information and links to the research and/or my book on induction (links in bio)
- The Anterior Cervical Lip: how to ruin a perfectly good birth
- Gestational Diabetes: beyond the label
- The Curse of Meconium Stained Liquor
- Big Babies: the risk of care provider fear
- Amniotic Fluid Volume: too much, too little, or who knows?
- In Celebration of the OP Baby
- Post-Dates Induction of Labour: balancing risks
- Perineal Protectors?
- VBAC: making a mountain out of a molehill
- Pushing: leave it to the experts
Tag Archives: pregnancy
This post was co-authored by Jessie Johnson-Cash and based on her presentation at the USC Midwifery Education Day. The human microbiome is rather fashionable in the world of science at the moment. The NIH Human Microbiome Project has been set up to … 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