Routine GBS Screening in pregnancy not recommended.

GBS screening can cause more harm than good with large numbers of women unnecessarily receiving antibiotics.

Routine GBS screening is not recommended in the UK

Screening pregnant women for Group B streptococcus (GBS) is “not recommended” by the National Screening Committee (NSC) in the UK but remains common in Australia.

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Reason number 7 to homebirth. Students upon invitation only

This intensely private sexual spiritual event may not be one women want to share with students.

40 Reasons to Homebirth
Reason Number 7: Students upon invitation only.

Women have the right to decide who will and who will not be present at the birth of their baby. While this sounds like a fair and reasonable statement, in the public hospital system controlling who is on the room can be extremely difficult. Continue reading “Reason number 7 to homebirth. Students upon invitation only”

Consultation on Antenatal Care Guidelines is sought.

Submissions close 27 June 2017

Antenatal Care Guidelines

Femidist blogAntenatal Care Guidelines are designed to support Australian maternity services to provide high-quality, evidence-based antenatal care to healthy pregnant women.

 

In November 2010 all Health Ministers agreed to the National Maternity Services Plan which included the development of national evidence-based antenatal care guidelines.

What the Antenatal Care Guidelines cover

The Antenatal Care Guidelines cover a wide range of care including routine physical examinations, screening tests and social and lifestyle advice for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy.

Review of the Antenatal Care Guidelines

In 2015–16, an Expert Working Group (EWG) was established to guide a review of the Guidelines and was asked to identify priority  topics and research questions for inclusion in the current review. See the selected topics here.

Why the consultation?

The evidence on selected topics has been reviewed to ensure the recommendations are consistent with the latest evidence to ensure pregnant women receive high quality, evidence based antenatal care.

This consultation process is seeking feedback on the Antenatal Care Guidelines public consultation draft. It opened on May 26th 2017 and closes 27 June 2017

Femidist typingYou can make a submission via email to eac@health.gov.au.

Remember submissions close on 27 June 2017.

Learn more here

 

References and links

Antenatal Care Guidelines Review

My husband wont let me have a homebirth.

It is not your husband/partner’s place to give or deny you permission to make decisions about your body.

MY HUSBAND WONT LET ME HAVE A HOME BIRTH

I write article in response to a post posted by a woman about her husband. He wont “let her have a home birth. My first unfiltered response is to get rid of the husband.

Here follows my second, filtered response. Continue reading “My husband wont let me have a homebirth.”

My return to Midwifery.A sense of coming home.

To my surprise and delight there has been a sense of coming home.

After consideration, reflection and a damn good talking to I have decided to return to Midwifery.This is an update for those of you following my personal journey. Continue reading “My return to Midwifery.A sense of coming home.”

Reason number 9 to homebirth: Pets can attend.

Roosters and cats and dogs and horses are just a few of the pets who have shared some birth stories I have attended

40 Reasons to Homebirth
Reason Number 9: Pets can be there if you want.

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Reason number 8 to homebirth: Your other children can be present

Birthing at home means you are in the control seat and it is your decision who shall and who shall not be present

Reason number 8 to homebirth: your other children can be present.

Why on earth would you want children at a birth? Continue reading “Reason number 8 to homebirth: Your other children can be present”