Saturday, December 29, 2012

Would you wear one of these t-shirts?

I've just been shown these t-shirts being sold by Asda - one with the slogan 'Too Posh to Push' written above a picture of Miss Piggy and the other with the words 'Keep Calm and Push'.

And mmmm... I must admit that I'm in two minds about how I feel about them.

On the one hand,

Friday, December 21, 2012

Baby dies in NHS Trust with 'normal birth' targets

Another day, another story of a baby dying because a supposedly 'low risk' pregnancy became high risk without appropriate action being taken - but this was at an NHS Trust that has been praised for its success in increasing normal births.

Just when are hospital staff and politicians going to understand that a normal outcome is NOT more important than a healthy outcome??

When are we going to see a shift in policy that focusses on birth outcomes and NOT the birth process??

The BBC reports today of a Warwick Hospital apology over death of newborn baby who was starved of oxygen during labour in May 2012. It says,

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The unpredictable, understaffed and unofficial birth risk

In discussions about different birth plan risks - comparing the likelihood of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity outcomes - you won't often hear the risk that is 'your maternity ward care'. And yet this is a risk I've talked about in the past - because when you plan a vaginal birth in the UK, you don't know what the staffing levels will be like in the maternity ward you enter, how many other women will be there with you, or what level of experience your carers (midwives or doctors) will have. It's an unpredictable risk that is all too often unrecognized.
I raise it again tonight because, published anonymously in the Daily Mail this weekend, a London midwife has written, 'The secret midwife: Psychotic mothers, exhausted doctors and nurses asleep on the job: A whistleblower reveals the desperate truth behind those rose-tinted TV shows'.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Instrumental deliveries ↑ but c-sections headline

This week saw the annual publication of England's maternity data by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, and as always, the cesarean rate made headlines - for example, Caesarean sections now account for a QUARTER of all births - and older mothers are the reason why.

But for anyone interested in maternity care outcomes beyond the 'controversial c-section', there were far more concerning rate increases to be found in the HSCIC's NHS Maternity Statistics, 2011-12.

Monday, December 3, 2012