Tagged: Maternity

Birthdays - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 26, 2014

American kids tend to be born June through September. I'd thought this was generally due to parents planning to hit a September school enrolment cut-off day: in many US states, if your child turns 5 at or before the start of school in September, the ki... Read More

Compelling History of National Women’s Hospital - Scibooks

SciBooks Mar 30, 2014

by Heather Clendon REVIEW: The Rise and Fall of National Women’s Hospital – A history by Linda Bryder Auckland University Press. RRP $49.95 When first asked to review this book, I thought it may be a dry and complex read and I, as a retired registered nurse, with no midwifery experience, would have little interest in … Read More

Moar kids - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 04, 2014

Overshadowed (predictably) by Lorde's Grammy wins was Labour's policy announcement. Should Labour form government, they'd like to pay parents $60 per week for the first year of the child's life. 95% of children are meant to be covered by the plan, which is not income contingent for the first $150,000 of family income but abates to zero immediately at … Read More

On Mothers and Motorways - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 06, 2011

The Herald reports on a new study that suggests a link between premature births and proximity to motorways. At first glance this seems like it is intuitively right – all that pollution and carbon monoxide could be expected to produce low birth-weight, premature babies. Unfortunately, this study, which can be accessed in full here (PDF), [...] Related posts: … Read More

Breast Dogma - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 17, 2011

There’s a bit of a rumpus going on at the moment in the world of Midwifery. It seems that some brave doctors, paediatrician Dr Mary Fewtrell, of University College London and her colleagues, have published a paper challenging the WHO dogma of six months of breast feeding. The Midwives are all frothing at the mouth [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Hole in Maternity (Updated) - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jun 06, 2010

Once more the maternity system in New Zealand is under fire in the Dominion post, with a couple of articles involving the death of newborn babies. In the first article, the newborn died from haemorrhagic disease (excessive bleeding) because the parents refused to allow their child to have vitamin K. Too much internet disinformation can [...] Related posts: … Read More

Slow Justice - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 05, 2010

I know it seems counterintuitive that the US, home of rabid, wall-to-wall lawyers, should be slow in providing medical discipline, but it is true. You may recall the case of Nadya Suleman, who had octuplets after her fertility “treatment”, despite already having six children (via IVF treatment) and despite still living with her parents. I [...] Related posts: … Read More

Dead Babies - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 22, 2009

Stillbirths are traumatic. I am a seasoned provider of terminal care, so the dying process does not phase me, like it phases many of my colleagues. Even so, the death of a baby is horribly unpleasant and even more so when the baby is stillborn or dies soon after birth. All that expectation of happiness [...] Related posts: … Read More

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