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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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Does a caesarean affect the way we bond with our babies?

It is often reported in the media that having a caesarean affects a mother’s ability to bond with her baby. However, what is frequently missed in such statements is that research actually suggests it is the circumstances around the birth … Continue reading

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Ideal gap between caesareans – new research

A new study by Soroka University indicates that there may be reasons, other than risk of scar rupture, why a longer interval between caesarean births is ideal. Up to now recommendations have suggested that a gap of 15-18 months or … Continue reading

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No connection between caesarean delivery and obesity in later life

In the past studies have suggested there may be a link between being born by caesarean section and being obese in later life. The hypothesis is that caesarean babies may not be exposed to useful bacteria during birth causing weight … Continue reading

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Urinary Incontinence guideline issued

NICE have issued an update to the Urinary Incontinence guideline. “Since the publication of the 2006 guideline, new methods of managing urinary incontinence have become available on the NHS…Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common symptom that can affect women of … Continue reading

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