C/Section Rates Perth and Regional WA

C/Section Rates Perth and Regional WA

I am not sure how I missed it but the "Western Australia’s Mothers and Babies, 2015, 33rd Annual Report"  was released in July 2019.   As always I wonder why there is a 4 year lag on reporting the data, and how different the actual data for 2019 would be? You can...

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Pregnancy and Covid-19: a positive side effect

Pregnancy and Covid-19: a positive side effect

With all the talk and fear surrounding Pregnancy and Covid-19 at the moment, I thought it might be good to talk about a really positive benefit that I am seeing: an undisturbed pregnancy.   People have already commented on how the planet is enjoying the reduced...

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Stretch and Sweep at 38 weeks

Stretch and Sweep at 38 weeks

Have you been offered a Stretch and Sweep at 38 weeks?     I have been wondering about the evidence around offering all women a stretch and sweep at 38 weeks. This is something more and more  Obstetricians and Midwives are doing in Perth. One area this has...

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Caesarean Section Rates in Perth Hospitals

Caesarean Section Rates in Perth Hospitals

  I have updated my graph for c/section rates in Perth Hospitals because I have been able to fill in some of the gaps. When the Western Australia’s Mothers and Babies, 2014 32nd Annual Report of the Western Australian Midwives’ Notification System was released in...

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Quackery or Reducing Intervention?

Quackery or Reducing Intervention?

Why are some obstetricians suddenly all up in arms about traditional practices that help women take control of their births? Surely anything that helps women and does no harm should be encouraged. It doesn’t make sense that obstetricians would not want women to have...

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Put down your phone for a better birth.

Put down your phone for a better birth.

Is your phone on your "pack for labour" list? You might want to re-think and switch it off altogether.  I'm always concerned about the number of women who post screenshots of their "contraction app" on social media and ask: "Do you think I should go to the hospital?"...

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An Inconvenient Truth : Care Not Technology Saves Babies

An Inconvenient Truth : Care Not Technology Saves Babies

I was just reading about a new invention that the media are calling 'the pregnancy patch' (although it seems it is meant to be used during labour to measure contractions and fetal heart rate) will apparently lower intervention rates. I am left wondering how a new...

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Step Away From the Forceps Dr Gannon.

Step Away From the Forceps Dr Gannon.

I just had to respond to an article in the West today. In the article Dr Gannon stated that if we aim to decrease the c/section rate in Perth we will increase forceps deliveries. I would love the chance to chat with Dr Gannon about the physiology of labour and birth...

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