Some must-reads:


Brocklehurst 2017 Computerised interpretation of fetal heart rate during labour (INFANT): a randomised controlled trial The INFANT Collaborative GroupVolume 389, No. 10080, p1719–1729, 29 April 2017

Brocklehurst P. et al, ‘Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnancies: the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study’ BMJ 2011;343:bmj.d7400



Downe, S. Normal Childbirth. Elseiver. London. 2008

Downe S. Engaging with the concept of unique normality in childbirth. 354 BRITISH JOURNAL OF MIDWIFERY, JUNE 2006, VOL 14, NO

Downe S, Finlayson K, Tuncalp Ӧ, Metin Gulmezoglu A. What matters to women: a systematic scoping review to identify the processes and outcomes of antenatal care provision that are important to healthy pregnant women. BJOG 2015; DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.13819.

Dahlen H et al. Is society being reshaped on a microbiological and epigenetic level by the way women give birth? Midwifery 2014 30(12): 1149-1151.

Hyde M et al. The health implications of birth by caesarean section. Biol. Rev2012 ;87(1):229-43.10.

The Birthplace national prospective cohort study: perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth. Birthplace in England research programme. Final report part 4: Hollowell J, Puddicombe D, Rowe R, Linsell L, Hardy P, Stewart M, et al.

Beyond too little, too late and too much, too soon: a pathway towards evidence-based, respectful maternity care worldwide. Miller et al (2016) Lancet 2016 Volume 388, No. 10056, p2176–2192, 29 October 2016


Midwife-led continuity models versus other models of care for childbearing women. Sandall J, Soltani H, Gates S, Shennan A, Devane D. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD004667. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004667.pub5



Nil nocere: doing no harm as an important guiding principle within maternity care. Wickham and Robinson (2010) MIDIRS Midwifery Digest 20:4 2010

Making Normal Birth a Reality: Consensus Statement from the maternity care working party NCT/RCM/RCOG November 2007: