Some people change the course of your life. My midwife Christine Shanahan, who passed away last month, changed my life, and the lives of literally thousands of mothers, babies, fathers and families. I met Chris in Melbourne, where we were living at the time, at our friend Sandy’s first labour and birth . Like all […]
What do you know about epidurals and their risk and benefits? In this blog (Part 2), Dr Buckley explores the impacts of epidural on the hormones of labour and birth , and what this might mean for mothers and babies in the short and longer-terms. (You can read Part 1 here) Like all interventions in […]
What do you know about epidurals and their risk and benefits? In this blog (Part 1) , Dr Buckley explores the impacts of epidural on oxytocin and the flow of labour, and what this might mean for mothers and babies. Epidurals are a very effective method of pain relief for labouring women, and are […]
From the personal and local, to the national and global, things seem to be getting more extreme and polarised, and it can be easy to sink into despair and hopelessness. Please remember that we have been here before, (the Cold War for example), and we got through that too. Maybe these collectively intense experiences are […]
In the festive season, we celebrate perhaps the most famous gentle, natural, birth in history. Blessed Mary gave birth to her legendary baby in the most low-technology setting imaginable… and surrounded by mammals. Could this be a powerful teaching to us, across time, about human birth? As I emphasise in my lectures and workshops, the […]
The International Normal Labour and Birth Conference, downunder for the first time this October (2016), was, as one participant described, “A perfect blend of science, love, and dancing.” It was a pleasure and privilege to participate, alongside stellar speakers, articulate advocates, refined researchers, and many, many, marvellous midwives (and midwifery students) from all over the […]
Having an ultrasound has become an expected part of pregnancy, and modern women may have many scans, sometimes beginning from the early weeks. We are also lining up for “keepsake” scans, where we are paying hundreds of dollars for a scan with no medical need. We take home a blurry picture – or maybe […]
You’re wanting to make a baby. Congratulations on taking the first steps on your journey to family! You are probably wondering exactly what you are supposed to be doing. Or not doing?
What can we do to enhance our fertility without getting caught up in techniques, timing and performance? How can we keep the love in love-making as we try to conceive (TTC)?
Hormonal physiology describes the healthy functioning of our hormonal systems. My new report Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing gives a lot of detail about these processes in pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum, including the impacts of common maternity-care interventions on these systems. I want to take some time to highlight some of the findings that are […]