A study published in the
British Medical Journal Open reports that midwifery patients were 41 per cent less likely to have a small-for-gestational-age baby compared to patients of obstetricians.
New research shows that midwifery care is not just for the wealthy -- it has health and cost benefits for vulnerable women and provincial governments must act to increase their access.
Better ante-natal care may not need more cash, just a smarter, consistent and more relatable way of making things work.
Umbilical cord clamps.
Umbilical cord blood is not a waste product.
Women having a subsequent baby are more likely to disclose domestic violence than first time mothers.
Domestic violence in pregnancy not only causes distress and trauma for the mother, it also poses serious risks for the baby's health and development.
Everyone is born to someone, so birth is everyone’s business – or so it seems.
New WHO guidelines warn that medicalisation of birth is creating a lack of choice for birthing women.
Clinics in Toronto serving refugees and the uninsured indicate that 20 per cent of all visits are for pregnancy-related issues.
About 20 per cent of refugees to Canada are pregnant. Many of them are medically uninsured. It's not only morally correct to provide prenatal care, but also cheaper for Canada's system to do so.
Many midwives still want to reduce the number of unnecessary interventions during childbirth.
Society holds paradoxical views of childbirth, which can make the debate around it confusing.
Clearing up some of the misconceptions about midwives.
Woman in labor, shown with monitors. Via Shutterstock.
Childbirth in the U.S. can be dangerous and dehumanizing. An ob/gyn who traveled recently to India to review childbirth there says the U.S. and India fall short in similar ways.
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.