OB Interventions: Dubious or Detrimental

Designing better systems to document refusal of interventions by laboring women; addressing subsequent staff disapproval of these patients & their birth attendants

by faithgibson March 1, 2017

PubMed abstract Synopsis & the study’s take-home message: This peer-reviewed study by the Australian College of Midwives describes a plan by hospitals to create a formal documentation process for informed consent/decline conversations when childbearing families refused standard intrapartum protocols or interventions believed necessary by the staff. Take-home message #1: The study found the new and more robust method […]

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The Story I hate to tell & no one should have to hear: 2nd half of the Overview

by faithgibson May 5, 2016

  Second half of Overview The bad old days Since 1840, there have been three well-defined, decades-long episodes in which many individuals and groups within the obstetrical profession systematically used, taught and propagated the continuation of poor obstetrical practices that were directly responsible for a substantial increase in maternal mortality and other forms of serious harm […]

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The story I hate to tell: the dark history of obstetrics ~ the data (part 7)

by faithgibson March 10, 2016

Link back to part 6 Continued part 7 ~ Source material – ObGynNews – on the dramatic increased in placental abnormalities and its association with our sky-rocketing Cesarean section rate:   The following quotes are from the professional trade paper ObGynNews. This publication is the obstetrical equivalent of the Reader’s Digest, in that it is a digest of […]

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The story I hate to tell and no one should have to hear: the Dark History of Obstetrics ~ overview (part1)

by faithgibson March 4, 2016

Overview (Part 1 of 7) Easy-to-share link ~ https://tinyurl.com/y5q26wbn Note: this link leads to the first post only.  To access sequential parts of the story, just follow the link at the bottom of each post. Faith Gibson, LM Former L&D nurse, MBC’s Midwifery Advisory Council 2007-2013  Part 1 Overview is broken into two consecutive posts […]

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Inducing and augmenting labor may be associated with increased risk of autism

by faithgibson February 11, 2016

Inducing & augmenting labor may be associated with increased risk of autism Summary: Pregnant women whose labors are induced or augmented may have an increased risk of bearing children with autism, especially if the baby is male, according to a large, retrospective analysis. Newborn baby. Pregnant women whose labors are induced or augmented may have […]

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