Should I Swaddle My Baby?

Should I Swaddle My Baby?

“Should I swaddle my baby?” is a question I often get asked in my Bub Savvy Workshops. My starting point is always…”how ever you choose to care for your baby is completely up to you. You are going to get a lot of conflicting advice,  so it can be...
A Blog for Doulas: The ARRIVE Trial

A Blog for Doulas: The ARRIVE Trial

Last week I was asked to speak to doulas from the Doula Training Academy about the complexities of the ARRIVE study so I thought I would write a blog based on that webinar. The doulas wanted to better understand the conclusions of the ARRIVE study as there is other...
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...
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...
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...
C Section Rates in Regional WA

C Section Rates in Regional WA

Having just made a couple of graphs representing the c section rates in Perth Metro Hospitals I thought I would make another graph for Regional WA. I don’t think you can compare them to Metro WA as a lot of transfers happen and the numbers are very different,...