Whether you are a private-practicing, hospital-based or student midwife, this section of our site aims to provide you with an informative source of midwifery articles, addressing current issues and topics of interest to the profession. With a focus on raising the standard of care for women and babies, we aim to bring you midwifery articles which promote reflection on current practice, encourage continuous improvement, and highlight issues of rising concern.
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Midwives and social media
Midwives are becoming more engaged with social media and electronic communications in both their professional and personal lives. We explore some of the pitfalls, precautions and powerful possibilities that social media offers to midwives
Call the real midwives – A trip down memory lane
My mum was a midwife in the East End of London in the 1950's and so I grew up surrounded stories of midwifery. It was probably one of the main reasons I became a midwife, going to the UK to undertake my midwifery training. When the TV series Call the Midwife came out I felt very sad not to be able to share it with my mum as she had already passed away.
"Sarah had planned a home birth for her second baby; the birth of her first baby had taken place at the local primary unit and all went well. Sarah had commented antenatally that she would rather have this baby at home as she felt the constant interruptions at the primary unit made her labour so much longer." This article by Ruth Martis talks about Intermitten Auscultation.
Birthing in Water
"Birth in water is sometimes portrayed as a new-age hippy fad promoted by modern childbirth fundamentalists to push the boundaries of normal birth, but I see it as a small part of a much bigger and more sophisticated idea." This article originally published in Midwifery Matters explains all the details about birthing in water.
Women's Perceptions of Midwife Led Care
"The underpinning philosophy of the midwives working in the FBC is to empower women to make informed choices about their care, with a focus on enabling them to labour and birth with minimal intervention." This article, originally published in ‘Midwifery News', shows women's perceptions of midwife led care.
Day in the Life of an Independent Midwife
"The familiar jangle of the mobile at 3am woke me but not with a start as I had been expecting the call. I had received a text at 9.30pm giving me the heads up that things were happening. She was term plus 12 days and keen for labour to start, especially since it was a “super moon’ that night." This article by Sheryl Sidery tells the story of a day in the life of an independent midwife.
Midwifery Care has Better Outcomes for Mothers and Babies
"While the ‘place’ of midwives in child birth might be hotly debated by some, one thing is for certain – midwives are an integral part of labour and birth for most women in many countries of the world. In Australia if you choose a hospital birth, whether through the public or private system, your labour will be largely managed by midwives." This article talks about how pregnancies with midwifery care have better overall results for both mothers and babies.
Term Breech Trial
The art of breech vaginal delivery has in some places been lost through the headlong dash of many obstetricians to the comfort of caesarean delivery. In 2000, Hannah et al published the findings of a randomised multicentre trial into planned caesarean section versus planned vaginal birth for breech presentation at term. More than ten years on the’ Term Breech Trial’ remains a prime example of how evidence itself can be put on trial.
According to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2009, private hospitals are safer than public hospitals for mothers and newborn babies. However in reviewing the research methodology utilised to reach this conclusion, clinicians and other researchers identified a number of flaws.
The politicisation of science: A critique of the South Australian Homebirth Paper and its portrayal in the media
Homebirth continues to incite powerful responses and passionate debate. In January 2010 the Medical Journal of Australia released a study about planned home and hospital births in South Australia occurring from 1991 to 2006. This article explores the resulting media frenzy and the true findings of the study,
Granny Smith – Not just about apples
The original Granny Smith was in fact more famous in her lifetime for being the local midwife than she was for her now internationally acclaimed green apples
New Westmead Hospital Midwifery Antenatal Shared Care Program
Westmead Hospital has recently approved a new Antenatal Shared Care Program. Based on evidence illustrating the benefits to both mother and baby of continuity of care, Antenatal Shared Care programs offer women with low-risk pregnancies, the choice of having all of their antenatal care provided by a Private Practising Midwife.
ACM Media Release: Midwifery Care
This Australian study shows continuity of midwifery care reduces caesarean section rates during childbirth, increases satisfaction with birth for women and leads to better health outcomes for babies.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum HG is characterised by persistent vomiting and severe nausea. The woman suffering from HG is unable to maintain adequate hydration and fluid, electrolyte and nutritional status are jeopardised.
Collaboration or control? Midwifery and Obstetrics
Collaboration or control? Midwifery and Obstetrics - a wonderful article by Dr Hannah Dahlen exploring the new arrangements for midwifery in Australia and collaboration between midwives and obstetricians
Shark Bite or Shark Caesarean: What’s the Difference?
Two days ago a news alert came into my Inbox that disturbed me deeply – it was the story of a shark. What was a news alert about a shark doing mixed up with all my childbirth media, you may well ask? The answer is that this shark had supposedly had a caesarean.
Risk is in the Eye of the Beholder
The medical system and home birthing women perceive risk differently and are willing to take different risks based on different motives, but while each ones perception is different, it is not less or wrong, just different. What is ‘right’ and ‘best’ can only be determined by each individual.