evidence

Monitoring in Labour, what are your options?

Monitoring in Labour, what are your options?

What sort of monitoring should you have in labour? A look at pinnards, dopplers, CTG, FSC and Telemetry monitoring.

Birth’s a risky business, isn’t it?

You might have already been labelled ‘high risk’ or ‘low risk’, or the ‘risks’ of various interventions may have been discussed with you.. and whilst actually, I prefer the word ‘chance’ to ‘risk’, what’s more important is how this information is being presented to us. Bear with me, this one could change EVERYTHING!


There are two ways of presenting ‘risk’- something called ‘relative risk’ and something called ‘absolute risk’.


‘If you drive a black car you’re twice as likely to have a car accident than if you drive a white car’.. THAT is ‘relative risk’ and it’s essentially useless information.


’2 in 1000 people who drive a black car will be involved in an accident. In comparison to 1 in 1000 people who drive a white car.’.. THAT is ‘absolute risk’ and gives us a far better picture of what MAY happen. THIS is how everything should be presented to us in pregnancy.


Even better if we are also told how good this research is- did they send out 100 cars? Or 100,000? Was it dark? Icy? How long had the drivers been driving cars? What kind of accident did they have? A little scratch to the bumper or a total write off?


Followed up with a conversation about how applicable this research is to you- your car is grey after all.


(Please note I made up all these facts about cars!) but the general message is- saying something ‘doubles’ makes us think ‘20% to 40% DANGER!!!!’ When in actual fact it may be ‘0.1% to 0.2%’.. knowing actual figures may completely change the decisions we make, which in turn could change EVERYTHING about our birth experience. So next time you’re presented with some stats, ask for the research, ask for the figures and go away and mull them over!


PS. My car is black 😏



Stretch and Sweep: A shortcut to labour?

Stretch and Sweep: A shortcut to labour?

Have you been offered a ‘stretch and sweep’.. do you actually know what is it, what it involves and what it might mean for your labour and birth?

 

How Jammy Dodgers can help you give birth naturally!

How Jammy Dodgers can help you give birth naturally!

The importance of eating and drinking in labour.

Evidence Based Birth- where to find your info?

Evidence Based Birth- where to find your info?

Where to gather evidence based information when preparing to make decisions about your birth?

Unpicking The Evidence: An Introduction to Research

Unpicking The Evidence: An Introduction to Research

How do you actually understand research? Where do you find it?