Midwives play a crucial role in enabling women to make choices about how they give birth.
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Midwives should provide continuous support during labour and birth and they should respect women's choices when it is within safe practice to do so.
A simple heat pack can reduce pain and perineal tearing during childbirth.
Fear of perineal tearing is common as women prepare for childbirth. A simple warm pack can ease pain, prevent physical trauma and aid in recovery after your baby is born.
Turkey has the highest number of cesarean sections among OECD countries.
Turkey's high cesarean rates cannot be tackled by top-down restrictive laws.
Going it alone.
Does the growth of 'freebirthing' mean that women are rejecting professional advice? Or is there something else going on?
Recent studies have revealed an emerging understanding of the benefits of birthing relationships through the childbearing process.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Hannah Dahlen and Jacqueline Nelson about the importance of the relationship between a midwife and an expectant mother.
Midwives commonly supervise feeds and interject when women do something “wrong”.
The most common complaint is conflicting advice, as well as staff who are "bossy, judgemental and inaccessible" and who undermine women's confidence.
It can be tough deciding where to give birth.
More than 300,000 women give birth in Australia each year. Most (97%) give birth in hospitals (72% of these in public and 28% in private), while 0.3% are born before they arrive at hospital.
Hurry up! We’re on the clock.
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Are we overscheduling our children even from the moment of their birth? We live in an on-demand world. Movies are shown on request, food is delivered on call and drivers arrive when beckoned. As an economist…
Technology helps but human assistance is crucial.
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Childbirth is a time of increased vulnerability and mothers and babies need support.
During the first few minutes after birth a baby can receive 80-100 millilitres of blood – nearly a third of their blood volume.
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One of the most common surgical procedures undertaken in the world today – one that every human alive has undergone – is the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth.
For childbirth, how much intervention is too much?
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Humans have always required some form of extra help being born. But how much help is truly necessary – and how much is too much.
The UK came 24th in a recent study of the best places to be a mother.
Save The Children's latest State of the World's Mothers report highlights the impact of rising inequality on maternal deaths.
Any information about birthing women are exposed to influences their expectations long before they directly receive maternity care.
Medical intervention in birth is normalised by both maternity care providers and all kinds of media. Our research shows information about the benefits of natural birth help women make better choices.
Episiotomies have a place in maternity care but should not be routinely performed.
It’s difficult to imagine how something as big as a baby’s head can come out of what appears to be a relatively small space. But during childbirth, the perineum – the area of skin and muscle between the…
Scaling up midwifery efforts worldwide could prevent up to 83% of all stillbirths and maternal and neonatal deaths, a new…
Only a handful of Australian hospitals offer continuity of care and midwives on call.
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In the much-loved British TV drama Call the Midwife, women are offered care from dedicated midwives through pregnancy, labour and birth. The midwives are therefore able to get to know the women and practice…
The total cost of care per woman was AUS$566·74 less for one-on-one midwifery care than for standard maternity care, the study found.
A woman who is cared for by the same midwife throughout her pregnancy, labour and after birth saves the public health system…
Women who were randomised to receive midwife-led continuity models of care were less likely to experience preterm birth, the Cochrane review found.
Women who have a midwife as their main carer throughout pregnancy and birth are around 23% less likely to have a premature…
BBC’s The White Queen set to feature 15th Century birth scene, when female midwives were the norm.
The history of childbirth and midwifery has seen some dramatic changes, not only in new medical discoveries that vastly improved the safety of both mother and baby but also in social trends and the way…
Many hospitals are carrying out caesareans before 39 weeks despite official guidelines.
Hospitals provide much-needed medical care and treatment for women who run into difficulty in childbirth. But many women and babies have medical intervention and treatment without good reason. We’ve become…