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Is this 'evidence' or a 'best guess'?

Many years ago, when I first started working as a birth educator (in the days when antenatal education did focus primarily on preparation for labour and birth rather than preparation for becoming a mum or dad) I used to discuss with my groups the ‘informed choice’ questions.

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Do midwives know about babies?

I was talking informally to a small group of third year student midwives recently. We were having coffee together in a break at a conference. I was – as I always am – impressed and heartened by the enthusiasm, liveliness, creativity and determination of this next generation of midwives. As it is these about-to-qualify midwives who are going to be the ones looking after my daughters when they have their babies, their knowledge and sensitivity are of importance to me!

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