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 Anterior Cervical Lip: how to ruin a perfectly good birth
- Post-Dates Induction of Labour: balancing risks
- Amniotic Fluid Volume: too much, too little, or who knows?
- Induction: a step by step guide
- The Curse of Meconium Stained Liquor
- Gestational Diabetes: beyond the label
- Supporting women's instinctive pushing behaviour during birth
- Perineal Protectors?
- Shoulder Dystocia: the real story
- Pushing: leave it to the experts
Tag Archives: pushing
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: December 2020 Here is a scenario I keep hearing over and over: A woman is labouring away and all is good. She begins to push with contractions, and her midwife encourages her to follow her body. After a little … Continue reading
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
This article was published in The Practising Midwife journal in June 2015 along with ‘practice challenge’ questions for midwives (not included here). Introduction Clinical guidelines recommend that women should be guided by their own pushing urges during birth (National Institute for Health … Continue reading
Updated: July 2019 A birthing woman is the expert regarding when and how she pushes. Providing directions implies she needs our guidance and we are the experts. Of course each woman and birth situation is different and in some circumstances … Continue reading
Updated: January 2018 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 frequency of … Continue reading
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 arms leaving him dangling by … Continue reading