Quackery or Reducing Intervention?

Quackery or Reducing Intervention?

Why are some obstetricians suddenly all up in arms about traditional practices that help women take control of their births? Surely anything that helps women and does no harm should be encouraged. It doesn’t make sense that obstetricians would not want women to have...
Put down your phone for a better birth.

Put down your phone for a better birth.

Is your phone on your “pack for labour” list? You might want to re-think and switch it off altogether.  I’m always concerned about the number of women who post screenshots of their “contraction app” on social media and ask: “Do you...
C Section Rates in Regional WA

C Section Rates in Regional WA

Having just made a couple of graphs representing the c section rates in Perth Metro Hospitals I thought I would make another graph for Regional WA. I don’t think you can compare them to Metro WA as a lot of transfers happen and the numbers are very different,...
Bringing Back Breech Birth

Bringing Back Breech Birth

When did a Breech Baby stop being just a variation on Normal? I remember, as a student midwife, sitting in a lecture being taught the mechanics of a breech birth by a lovely Obstetrician. Vaginal Breech Birth was definitely being presented as just a variation on...
The Moment I Stopped Wishing for a Natural Birth

The Moment I Stopped Wishing for a Natural Birth

When I found out I was pregnant with my 4th child, it was quite a shock. My other children were 13, 9 and 7 and I thought I was well and truly out of the baby zone. I had also never imagined I would be a mother of 4! But after the initial shock wore off, I was really...
Vaccinations

Vaccinations

I was just asked to comment on the issue of vaccinations after the tragic whooping cough death of Riley Hughes here in Perth. Those of you who follow my blog know I am all about choice,  informed choice. I don’t want to start an argument but if all those people...