A report in the Telegraph of 31/08/04 about the setting up of the newly-founded Birth Trauma Association. The association supports women suffering from PTSD and offers support and advice to others who find it difficult to cope with their childbirth experience.
New mums need more old hands
According to Rowan Pelling in the Independent of 29/04/04 , midwives can no longer cope with long hours, low pay and the incompetence that surrounds them.
NB this article is now available only to subscribers or on a pay-per view basis.
Second-Trimester Maternal Serum Levels of Alpha-Fetoprotein and the Subsequent Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, by Smith GCS et al. New England Journal of Medicine 351:978-986 2004
A raised maternal serum level of alpha-fetoprotein during the second trimester of pregnancy is a marker of placental dysfunction and a strong predictor of the risk of unexplained stillbirth. There is a direct association between second-trimester maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein levels and the risk of SIDS, which may be mediated in part through impaired fetal growth and preterm birth.
The research is featured in a BBC News article.
The baby business
The Independent of 02/09/04 carries an extended article by Beryl Dixon about midwifery as a career. The RCM is mentioned several times.