Archive of ‘Birth trauma’ category

Reading between the lines of the news in a digital age

The media has always been used as a mouthpiece for propaganda, and we too often are given only selected parts of a story. In the digital age, with the wide availability of so many forms of media, we are privileged to be able to easily access the wider issues – and the other side of the story. When I was growing […] Read more…

There is no 'right' way or place to give birth

Discussion about the ‘best’ place for women to give birth is ongoing today, with new guidance from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) that state “45% of women are at extremely low risk of complications and may be better off giving birth elsewhere” (not in hospital). However, we need to remember there is no ‘right’ way […] Read more…

Easy and quick access to counselling after baby loss is crucial

World Mental Health Day is coming up this week (Friday October 10) – as it falls within Baby Loss Awareness Week, it’s a perfect opportunity to talk about the importance of easy and quick access to counselling for parents after the death of a baby. Counselling is vital for the parents, whose world has just […] Read more…

A Challenging Year

The first challenge was getting pregnant in the first place. Two years, many fertility investigations and a round of Clomid later, those longed-for two little lines finally appeared on the stick. The next challenge was making sure the baby stayed. Scans at seven, 12 and 20 weeks revealed a healthy foetus with a strongly-beating heart. We felt so […] Read more…

Step in to a Patient's Shoes to Improve Communication

Effective communication with patients in any healthcare context is of the utmost importance. Sadly, providers so often don’t put enough thought into this aspect of care: during my journey I have experienced a litany of communication disasters that have added further distress and upset to the worst situation any parent could possibly imagine. The most serious of these communication disasters happened during […] Read more…

Breaking the Taboo of Traumatic Birth

I am all for women feeling in charge, in control, empowered and able to make their own choices about where and how to give birth to their baby. But what happens when the mother has no choice? Yesterday, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued draft guidance stating that “women experiencing a straightforward […] Read more…

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