Failure to Progress: A Discussion on Averages

2020-08-21T10:24:51-04:00August 30th, 2013|

Sadly it seems far too many people - mothers, doctors, midwives, etc. - either don't understand the averages of labouring and birthing times or downright ignore them. When it comes to birth this can mean far too many women being diagnosed with "failure to progress" and facing numerous (unnecessary) interventions.

Inductions and Autism

2020-08-21T10:25:23-04:00August 21st, 2013|

Recently an article made the news which suggested a link between autism and the use of inductions. Herein I take a close look at the article to determine what we can and cannot conclude from the data.

Re:Birth Volume 2

2020-08-21T14:46:14-04:00July 7th, 2011|

In this second issue of Re:Birth, there are articles on the Ultrasound (which was quite new at the time), mothering the mother, VBACs (yes, they were talking about them 20 years ago) and C-sections, support during labour, and breastfeeding policies.

To Drug or Not to Drug? The Epidural Debate

2020-08-21T14:47:07-04:00March 21st, 2011|

My view in a nutshell: The development of the epidural was a great scientific discovery that has the power to help women who NEED it in labor. It has its place in the world of childbearing, but it has also been VASTLY overused and many of those who opt for it have no idea what it is that they’re choosing to do.