Growth scans are becoming increasingly popular in maternity care - with many babies being induced early because they are either ‘too big’ or ‘too small’.
Woman can be confused by this, and feel their body has failed them.
Let’s focus for today, on the ‘too small’ baby, and when this is actually of concern, and why.
Birth workers inherently assess and manage risk as part of their role. The concept of risk and the definition of safety in birth are a complex and sometimes paradoxical discussion which is strongly influenced by bias and perception.
Risk influences the birth settings we are offered.
Risk influences the choice to intervene.
Risk doesn’t always consider the emotional and mental wellbeing of mothers.
Risk can detach us from our cultural ways of birthing, especially in rural and remote areas.