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Do women want to know the CS rate in their hospital?

The surprising results of a recent study suggests they don’t wnat to know. The study looked at women with low risk pregnancies who were planning a vaginal birth the majority of whom did not want a caesarean delivery if there … Continue reading

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NCT and WI survey women’s experiences of birth and postntal care

The NCT and WI commissioned a survey in 2013 to understand women’s perception of their birth and postnatal experiences. As a result of that survey they have launched a national campaign for 2017 targetting ‘red flag events’ called ‘Support Overdue’ … Continue reading

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Maternity litigation cost the NHS 450 Million in 2014/5

“Every year in England there are almost 700,000 live births. In 2012/13, the associated maternity care cost the NHS around £2.6 billion. Having a baby is the most common reason for a hospital admission, but maternity is a unique area … Continue reading

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Competitive Exhaustion

This destructive habit can cause significant problems between couples. Both feel that their daily life is the most difficult and that the other just doesn’t understand. It is easy to then let resentment fester under the surface and spend valuable … Continue reading

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UK Hospital speaks out against caesarean targets

A UK hospital has challenged targets handed down by others (in this case their Clinical Commissioning Group – those who set the targets for the hospital). The Royal Berkshire Hospital was told their caesarean rate was too high (27.1%) and … Continue reading

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Natural Caesareans – A UK trial

At long last there is a trial of the pioneering proceedure commonly referred to as a ‘Natural Caesarean’. Jenny Smith a senior midwife at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in London developed the idea 10 years ago. There are many … Continue reading

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RCOG ‘State of the Nation’ report on Maternity Care

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have published a report into the ‘State of the Nation’ with regards Maternity Care. It makes for an interesting if somewhat alarming read. It seems that childbirth is falling fowl of the … Continue reading

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“We make sure the baby is alive and then we leave”

“We need to build bridges between midwives and doctors so we can all work together better for the best interests of the patient,” says Skinner. “At present we have a very short-term view. We make sure the baby is alive … Continue reading

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NHS – joined up thinking

An update to the Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health Guideline has been issued and is catching up with the caesarean guideline in recognising that a fear of childbirth can be a major challenge to some women. The guideline now recommends … Continue reading

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UK hospital challenges caesarean targets

Finally a UK hospital has had the sense to challenge targets handed down by others (in this case their Clinical Commissioning Group). The Royal Berkshire Hospital has been told that their current caesarean rate (27.1%) is too high and they … Continue reading

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