Tag Archives: Hospital 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 […]

Highlights: First 100 Babies Report

Ryde Group Midwifery Practice

The Ryde Group Midwifery Practice Ryde Midwifery Group Practice was launched on 15th March 2004. A six months transition period followed. This is a report card of the first 100 intended bookings at Ryde. The Ryde Midwifery Group Practice offers the benefits of continuity of midwifery care to low risk non-insured women who book with […]

It’s happening – midwifery led maternity services at last!

It's happening - midwifery led maternity services at last

by Sally Tracy In this update on our progress towards a National Maternity Action Plan, the new midwifery services are described – the battles, the strategies and the results so far. Together we can reverse the trends of over-medicalised birth in this country. The first part of my presentation will be based on the results […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fish Can’t See Water

Fish Can't See Water

By Marsden Wagner (MD, MSPH) The need to humanize birth in Australia This paper was presented at the Homebirth Australia Conference, Noosa, Australia, November 2000 Humanizing birth means understanding that the woman giving birth is a human being, not a machine and not just a container for making babies. Showing women – half of all […]