Category Archives: News

Reviews

I haven’t checked Amazon for a while to see the latest reviews. It was a lovely surprise to see several new ones, all which had such lovely, positive things to say. Thank you readers, I am glad it is proving … Continue reading

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Caesareans, breastfeeding and gut bacteria

Once again the media have gone rather mad about a research paper without assessing the details of paper itself in an attempt to deliver sensational headlines about caesarean birth. This paper actually describes gut bacteria in 24 infants at 4months … Continue reading

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An increase in the UK rate of forceps deliveries

The forceps rate has doubled in the last few years, according to a recent report picked up by the Mail On-line (over 42,000 last year) but is that really a surprise given: The suggestion in 2010 (from within the medical … Continue reading

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NICE Caesarean Section Quality Statement Review

NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) issued new Caesarean Section Guidelines back in 2011 and since then they have been going through the process of defining Quality Standards (QS) for some of the recommendations from that Guideline. Csections.org are actively … Continue reading

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Obese mums trial drug to make baby smaller

It has frequently been discussed in the media and in medical research that obese women are not only likely to have larger babies but that they are more likely to require a caesarean (and that caesarean delivery is ‘riskier’ for … Continue reading

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Drop in clinic on Netmums

I will be running a caesarean birth drop-in-clinic on Netmums this Friday (2nd March). Join me there to ask any questions you have about any aspect of caesarean birth. “Whether you are a first time or experienced mum, the prospect … Continue reading

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RCOG list Caesarean Birth: A positive approach to preparation and recovery

Professor Jim Dornan (ex Senior Vice President of RCOG) reviews ‘Caesarean Birth: A positive approach to preparation and recovery’. “The book is an excellent read, and has already been endorsed by, amongst many others,  James Drife, Phil Steer, Brian Beattie, … Continue reading

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Media reports on NICE caesarean debate quite balanced

Media debate over one of the key changes to the NICE caesarean guideline has been very thorough throughout the day. Focus has primarily been on the recommendation that women should have the right to request a caesarean even when they … Continue reading

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NICE guidelines published

Today NICE released the 2011 version of their guidelines for Caesarean Section. There are a number of significant updates. In particular: women wanting to request a caesarean on the grounds of fear should be offered perinatal mental health support and … Continue reading

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Leigh East talks to BBC Coventry – Antenatal education may let women down

Following my article for the BBC I was interviewed by BBC Coventry for a debate on whether antenatal education prepares women effectively for caesarean birth. I was asked why I thought women need to know more about caesareans “Women need … Continue reading

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