Tag Archives: Interventions

Ultrasound More Harm Than Good?

Ultrasound More Harm Than Good

by Dr Marsden Wagner The ultrasound story begins in July 1955 when an obstetrician in Scotland, Ian Donald, borrowed an industrial ultrasound machine used to detect flaws in metal and tried it out on some tumours, which he had removed previously, using a beefsteak as the control. He discovered that different tumours produced different echoes. […]

Help – it Hurts! … Get Me The Complementary Therapies!

help it hurts

by Andrea Robertson Why does pain in labour scare us so much? Everywhere a pregnant woman turns she is confronted by messages that she will need “something” to help her get through the trials of labour. Trying to “suffer” the pain of contractions without assistance is being unnecessarily “brave” now that there are so many […]

Are midwives a dying breed?

Are midwives a dying breed

by Andrea Robertson Enabling a woman to give birth physiologically must surely be every midwife’s aim. The whole philosophy of midwifery rests on the knowledge that birth is a normal bodily function for a woman that requires a conducive environment and an experienced companion to watch for problems that may occasionally develop. This “experienced companion” […]

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 […]

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 […]