May 29, 2019

'Informed consent for giving brith in Hospital': this is the beginning of a document that one of our members, Beverley Beech, wrote several years ago in response to the way that women were being told lots about the risks of giving birth at home or in a midwifer...

May 15, 2019

I’ve spent 36 years as a birth activist and this book brings me joy. That’s not because I have a particular need to know about Group B Strep (although this book is my go-to when I do), but because this small volume is such an excellent example of exactly what any woman...

May 8, 2019

What a brilliant, insightful and compelling read. Although much of what I read confirmed what I already suspected, it still shocked and troubled me. Mostly El-Gingihy’s book (2019) resonated with me because I have lived and worked through the era that he explores; from...

May 1, 2019

I was excited when I heard that the new NMC midwifery proficiencies were to be based on principles from the Lancet series, a series of international studies on midwifery which spell out the difference that a well-educated and well-regulated midwifery workforce can make...

Induction of labour is a very 'hot' topic at the moment, and we recently shared a blog post about induction of labour which received a lot of positive feedback. One concern that people have is that many of the web pages which discuss induction talk about the ‘need’ to...

April 17, 2019

In 1985 WHO organised an inter-professional and lay Inter-Regional Conference in Fortaleza, Brazil, to consider ‘Appropriate Technology for Birth’. During the conference a search was made of the relevant medical research and as a result the conference agreed that there...

April 3, 2019

Beverley Beech and Jean Robinson have written this week to Matt Hancock, the Health Minister, about the routine use of ultrasound in pregnancy. Women are being warned not to buy and use the means of conducting their own investigation of their unborn baby on the grounds...

March 27, 2019

This blog asks a really important question about putting organisations before people: something which inevitably follow from centralising services.

March 20, 2019

Mary's life's work so clearly encapsulates so much the we want to say about midwifery.

March 6, 2019

The story of Philomena Canning, another in a long line of midwives who have been unjustly disciplined or prosecuted for supporting women in childbirth.

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Informed Consent for Giving Birth in Hospital

May 29, 2019