Dear Mr Anaesthetist

On Wednesday night I made a new friend on twitter. Whilst broadcasting both of our, rather different, thoughts on the Channel 4 documentary One Born Every Minute, an anaesthetist and I collided across our respective wi-fi’s. You can read our discussion here (look out for @welsh_gas_doc). I’ve had similar conversations before in the real world. They generally start off... Read More

Induction stations!

Something that loads of people I work with have to at least fleetingly consider is the possibility of induction. It’s a horrible word and always makes me thing of a lurching pregnant robot shouting, Dalek-style “induction, induction, induction” while mowing you down with a pessary. The good news is that most of the people who have to think about induction end up... Read More

NICE or not?

In case you’ve been living in a home with no electricity, phone, internet and TV for a hilarious Channel 4 reality experiment, NICE (that’s the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) just issued a new set of guidelines onĀ caesareanĀ birth. It covers all aspects of caesareans from a medical perspective and has lots of good stuff in it, like this recommendation... Read More

When in Rome/London walk like an Egyptian

As a child I remember an almost paralysing fear of being caught breaking any rules. I once spent a good 15 minutes silently head-down, kicking about having fallen in to a large recycling bin. I did this rather than shout for help and alert teachers to the fact I was in the technology lab when I shouldn’t be. Most of my life I’ve stuck steadfast to the rules and, as an... Read More

Second time around

Of late I’ve been contacted by quite a few women planning their second birth after a traumatic first birth. After a difficult first labour many women are keen to ensure that the second time round things are different. Hiring a doula is a great first step towards this. She will be able to talk through your birth plan with you in detail, help you debrief from your first... Read More

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