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Cascade of Intervention…

There is an important phenomenon all women should be aware of – the Cascade of Intervention. This phenomenon is well recognised in the medical community and in relation to maternity services describes the idea that there can be unintended consequences … Continue reading

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Is there a link between depression and unplanned caesareans?

According to recent studies it seems women having an unplanned caesarean are 15% more likely to experience depression postnatally. This probably isn’t a big surprise to some readers, but it is rather depressing. Back in 2008, J Lally identified a … Continue reading

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Birth options after a previous caesarean…

There are a lot of people with a lot of opinions about which way a mother should birth after a previous caesarean. And I am not just referring to medical personnel. It is not uncommon to find men as well … Continue reading

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Smartphone app. reduces hopsital stay after caesarean

A mobile phone app claims to improve the caesarean birth experience, reducing the average time a woman will stay in hospital after surgery from3.7 to 2.7 days. The mobile phone app, trialled in the US by Dr Attila Kett at … Continue reading

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Ask questions…

It can be challenging to separate a truth from a half-truth or indeed an out and out lie in some media stories. I’m not talking about fake news here, but simple carelessness or personal bias. But when you think about … Continue reading

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Caesarean Birth: A Positive Approach to Preparation and Recovery – A table of contents

For those interested in seeing more detail about the content and structure of my book – the following is the table of contents from the 2nd Edition – available on Amazon and from various other on-line bookstores. Foreword……………………………………………………………………………… 5 Introduction………………………………………………………………………….. … Continue reading

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Where can I get advice?

Hospitals remain under pressure to reduce their caesarean rate – despite recommendations to Inspectors to refrain from judging hospitals in this way. And where there are no targets in place, women can still face opposition from individual care givers. This … Continue reading

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Why Do We Fear a Caesarean Birth?

Australian Birth site, Natural Parent Magazine, recently posted one of my articles. It is great to see more and more birth sites willing to talk about the possibility of a caesarean delivery. Knowledge is power! “In reality a caesarean is … Continue reading

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What if I have to have a caearean?

Australian Birth site, BubHub, recently posted one of my articles. It is great to see more and more birth sites willing to talk about the possibility of a caesarean delivery. Knowledge is power. “With knowledge, a caesarean can be a … Continue reading

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Caesarean targets for hospitals

For years hospitals have been asked to record data about caesarean births. The results of a Freedom of Information request revealed that the way in which this information was recorded varied significantly from one hospital to another. For example: Inconsistency … Continue reading

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