Blog September 2012

​30.09.2012
New mum shares every moment of her birth

So a woman shares every moment of her labour on Facebook. I’m not left wondering why her contractions were inefficient at dilating her cervix.This was her 6th baby so her cervix was probably very willing to labour. All her body needed was to feel private safe and unobserved. Or as Sarah Buckley says, “Private, Safe and Undisturbed”.

Kirsty Martell – she was busy looking for her phone charger 
Sarah Buckley – Undisturbed birth
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​​26.09.2012
We alone among mammals have the ability to Scare and Confuse ourselves about birth

Ina May Gaskin, America’s leading midwife, talks frankly about some of the big issues surrounding the safety of childbirth.

It’s very interesting to read what she has to say on breech birth and also litigation in maternity.

Oh Baby: Ina May​ Gaskin on the Medicalization of Birth
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24.09.2012

Hospital birth Safer than home, eh?

​​For being straight talking, I like this article. It holds back no punches.


Hospital Birth – Why most women are putting themselves at risk​​

It’s been well established that for low-risk women, giving birth in hospital is not safer than home, it is just as safe. ​​Marjorie Tew’s publication states that for some low-risk women, birth at home may actually be SAFER than hospital. 

Simply the act of booking for a birth at home will halve your chances of having a caesarean birth. In my local area that’s a change from nearly 30% to less than 15%. That seems like a risk worth taking. You’re only booking for home. You’re not saying that you’d willingly put yourself or your baby at risk by refusing to transfer in to hospital if it’s needed.

Safer Childbirth?: A Critical History of Maternity Care​​

And all of this reminds me of Ricki Lake’s film, The Business of Being Born. Yes childbirth is big business, not just in the USA but here in the UK too. No employee would willingly put themselves out of business would they? I mean if your career revolves around birth interventions, would you go out of your way to reduce the national statistics on interventions?

Other than a life-compromising risk to the mother or baby, one good reason for caesarean birth is true tocophobia. Whilst tocophobia is not exclusive to vaginal birth, most women suffering from this phobia of childbirth are not adverse to operations per-se and are willing to consent to a caesarean birth instead. ​​If the woman has gone through therapy and seriously tried to address her fears, then surely it would be cruel to force her into a vaginal birth.

So what of the un-neccesarean?​​ If the ideal number of caesareans performed to save lives should be around 10-15% then why are our national statistics so much higher than that? Undoubtedly, some babies have to be born by caesarean. Lives must be saved and that’s why all of our interventions exist. But lets show judicious use of interventions and not use them for convenience.​​

​​Some food for thought. And before you ask, no I didn’t have any of my babies at home, yes I did have interventions, and no I am not dissatisfied with my experiences. Does that surprise? This article summarises the benefit of doing your pelvic floor exercises to help the baby make the cardinal movements needed to be born. 

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23.09.2012

There’s One Born Every Minute

This is a very well written blog post from a very good antenatal teacher and doula. I like the point that she’s making about the programme that has captured the nation and fed an unnecessary fear of childbirth.

Kedi Simpson​​

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23.09.2012

Keep Calm and Hypnobirth

​​Hypnobirthing is being trialled by the NHS as a real alternative to pharmacological pain relief in labour. I especially like the comment about experiencing less stress in labour.

Daily Mail 23.09.2012

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​22.09.2012

Pelvic Floor Exercises 
Can help make your birth both shorter and easier

This article summarises the benefit of doing your pelvic floor exercises to help the baby make the cardinal movements needed to be born.

Baby Journey During 2nd Stage | Cardinal Movements | Internal Rotation

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