Our two new editors, Becky Reed and Nadine Edwards have thrown themselves into production of this quarter’s Digest to bring you a journal packed full with a wide range of original articles; reviews and analyses of the latest research; abstracts of hard-to-get, but interesting items; as well as book reviews and a round up of highlights from the world of midwifery and childbirth.
This edition takes a look at women who choose to birth at home. Despite research showing home birth to be safe for healthy mothers and safe for most babies, it remains a contentious issue. Miranda Dodwell from Birthchoice UK presents her thoughts on a medley of recent articles on home birth, including: dispelling myths about the dangers of home birth and the misuse of statistics, and how to research outcomes in high income countries where there are low numbers of home births.
Other Highlights from March 2013…
- Hot Topic: Birthing without a midwife: a literature review. Researchers take a look at the literature and discuss why women decide to birth alone. Nadine Edwards, AIMS Vice Chair; and Mavis Kirkham, Professor of Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland.
- Midwifery: Are you entitled? – getting a handle: A well-known and respected academic midwife asks if academic titles are being given too liberally, and discusses the impacts of this on academic credibility. Rosemary Mander, Emeritus Professor, University of Edinburgh.
- Infant Nutrition: Circle of defence and line of authority: Breastfeeding peer counsellors’ reflections on their support role in a northern town. A midwife, committed to increasing breastfeeding in an area where this was not the norm, discusses findings from her MPhil. about the importance of mother-to-mother support, within a context of midwives and mothers working together (ramirez). Angela Sherridan, midwife, NCT breastfeeding counsellor.
- Neonatal and Infancy: Dispelling hallucinations. A reprinted article by Marc Kierse and colleagues discusses poor research, and explains how, once in print, it circulates, misleads and is difficult to challenge.
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