Over the past few decades, the scope of responsibilities in midwifery has expanded, the amount of independent unsupervised work has increased and the theoretical and practical knowledge required has grown exponentially. A profession that was once deemed vocational is now becoming more academic with Midwifery Bachelor degrees, so how will these changes affect your training […]
A new study was recently published in The Lancet that shows how Cesarean sections have grown in popularity over the past 15 years. In 2000 the worldwide rate of using a C-section was 12%, a number within the acceptable maximum rate of 15% that was established by the World Health Organization. However, by 2015 the percentage […]
Advances in medicine and access to professional care in the antenatal period and during labour mean that over the decades infant mortality rates have been decreasing steadily. However, 10% of babies still need some degree of intervention immediately after birth, and 25% of all newborn deaths are caused by breathing problems. Healthcare professionals have over […]
Pregnancy, and giving birth, is a roller coaster of a ride, which affects women in many different ways. However, the human body is designed to be pretty much perfect in every way and pregnancy is no exception. Many fundamental changes take place in a woman’s body during pregnancy; some are visible, others invisible and some […]
[Picture Source: Smithsonian.com – A prototype of the Predictor pregnancy test (left) and the test as it went to market in the late 1970s (right) (Bonhams)] In 1977 the first home pregnancy tests came into our drugstores. Not the sveltely packaged wands with catchy marketing slogans that we’ve come to know, but more a handheld […]
You’ve done all the right things since you had your baby. You’re breastfeeding, taking care over what you eat and even though you’re exhausted you still make time for a little exercise. So why does your tummy look as though you’re in the early stages of pregnancy?
As the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William, showed off their new baby son on Tuesday, Kate inadvertently allowed a whole raft of new Mothers to breathe a sigh of relief. Although she looked radiantly healthy with her signature long brunette hair and subtle makeup, Kate seemed unafraid of stepping into the […]
Becoming a Mother is a life changing experience but in some instances it's life threatening. We think of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth as something from our history books but sadly this isn't the case. Amnesty International state that every 90 seconds a woman will die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. That’s over […]