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Doctors and Midwives Make Mistakes

Doctors and Midwives Make Mistakes By Jane Palmer While the video doctors make mistakes is not aimed directly at midwives - it is certainly a video that is very relevant to all midwives. Mistakes are not something that midwives are immune to. Dr Brian Goldman talks about his personal experience with making mistakes in

Granny Smith – Not just about apples

Granny Smith – Not just about apples By Hannah Dahlen Most people think of apples when they think of Granny Smith and most people think of a very worried John Howard when they think of Bennelong – but on the 20th October, in my local area of Bennelong, the annual Granny Smith festival became

ACM Media Release: Midwifery Care

ACM Media Release: Midwifery Care July 26th 2012 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. An Australian first, and the world’s largest randomised controlled trial of ‘one to one’, or ‘caseload midwifery’, was published

Shark Bite or Shark Caesarean: What’s the Difference?

Shark Bite or Shark Caesarean: What’s the Difference? By Hannah Dahlen Everyday I get emailed news alerts from around the world on a variety of subjects, such as: birth; midwives; obstetricians; caesarean and VBAC. As the Australian College of Midwives National Media Spokesperson I want to be ready for any potential political ripple in

New Westmead Hospital Midwifery Antenatal Shared Care Program

New Westmead Hospital Midwifery Antenatal Shared Care Program Westmead Hospital has recently approved a new Antenatal Shared Care Program. This program is based on evidence illustrating the benefits to both mother and baby of continuity of care. Antenatal Shared Care programs are available to women with low-risk pregnancies. The program gives you the choice

Midwives Made History November 1st 2010

Midwives Made History November 1st 2010 By Hannah Dahlen “Don't give up trying to find your way. But do remember that sometimes it takes bending to avoid breaking” (Katinka Hesselink). In my last Presidents Report I wrote about being in the back of the proverbial car moving towards our destination calling out, are we

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet? By Hannah Dahlen From the Australian College of Midwives Presidents report September 2010 Are we there yet, is a phrase that seems to hum along in the back of my mind a lot these days. This inevitably conjures up memories from my childhood of sitting in the back of a

Collaboration or control? Midwifery and Obstetrics

Collaboration or control? Midwifery and Obstetrics By Hannah Dahlen SOME very positive recommendations for women and midwives have come from the National Maternity Services Report. One essential outcome was the extension of the Medicare Benefits Schedule and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule to eligible midwives in November 2010. This supports the full contribution that midwives

Hyperemisis Gravidarum

Hyperemisis Gravidarum By Hannah Dahlen 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. Dehydration, ketonuria, electrolyte imbalance and a body weight loss of greater than 5% of pre-pregnancy weight characterise HG. Onset

Video promoting private midwifery

Video promoting private midwifery The advertisement below promotes private midwifery. Nic Edmondstone and Vicki Chan created this video for a Get-up political ad campaign. The video scored the highest number of hits. Indeed, the Opera House broadcast it as one of the top 10. Even though it was made in 2007; the video is

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