Tag Archives: Birth

Active Birth – What’s New?

Active Birth

For many midwives, attending an Active Birth workshop was a turning point in the development of their concept of midwifery practise. In the years since the first workshop was held in 1985, many of the simple, non-invasive strategies practised in the workshop have been used by midwives to help women achieve normal, physiological births. Many […]

The Outcome of Perinatal Care in Inukjuak, Nunavik, Canada 1998-2002

The Outcome of Perinatal Care in Inukjuak

by Susanne Houd Abstract Introduction. From the 1950s women in Nunavik were transferred to South Quebec to give birth. Since 1986 women have had the opportunity to give birth in Povungnituk, Nunavik, and the education of community midwives began. Inukjuak, a small community in Nunavik, was included in the project in 1998. There is no possibility […]

Enriching Care The Selangor Maternity Centre Experience

Enriching Care The Selangor Maternity Centre Experience

by Lynne Staff This paper was presented at the Enriching Midwifery Conference, Australia, March 2000 for Birth International. What we did/do at Selangor Live the philosophy, breathe it and believe in it — we don’t just pay lip service to it. Communicate this philosophy well to management (all levels) and ensure their continued support. Developed […]

Pain in Labour – Your Hormones are Your Helpers

Pain in labour your hormones are your helpers

by Dr Sarah Buckley Imagine this. Your cat is pregnant, due to give birth around the same time as you are. You have your bags packed for hospital, and are awaiting the first signs of labour with excitement and a little nervousness. Meanwhile your cat has been hunting for an out-of-the way place – your […]

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 […]

Using your politicians to change birth services

Political birth action

By Bruce Teakle This article was written as a campaign tool for those working to obtain better maternity services in Australia.  The National Maternity Action Plan was launched in 2002. For full details find out more here. This article is for people wanting better access to better birth care. It is intended to be a […]