Category Archives: Birth Intervention

TENS – a marketing triumph

TENS a marketing triumph

by Andrea Robertson I am fascinated by the popularity of using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) devices during labour. This handy little piece of technology arrived on the maternity scene many years ago, and is now particularly entrenched in Britain (it may have been introduced into other countries but has not taken hold there with […]

Unexpected outcomes – mentioning the unmentionable

Unexpected outcomes - mentioning the unmentionable

by Andrea Robertson One of the most fascinating aspects of birth is its total unpredictability. No-one knows what will happen and how those involved will fare, and no amount of preparation will ensure a given result. It’s this uncertainty that makes giving birth both exciting and frightening! Every pregnant woman has her moments of doubt […]

Nitrous Oxide – No Laughing Matter

no laughing matter

by Andrea Robertson Nitrous oxide (often called ‘laughing gas’), in combination with oxygen (50% of each gas), has been in use for two centuries as a simple anaesthetic agent, and in obstetric care since the 1930s. It is the most popular form of anaesthesia in UK labour wards, where it is available in 99% of […]

Epidurals: Real Risks for Mother and Baby

Epidurals: Real Risks for Mother and Baby

by Dr Sarah Buckley Epidural pain relief is an increasingly popular choice for Australian women in the labour ward. Up to one-third of all birthing women have an epidural1, and it is especially common amongst women having their first babies2. For women giving birth by caesarean section, epidurals are certainly a great alternative to general […]