Melissa Davey

Melissa Davey is a Health Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Trauma pushes mothers to home births

Melissa Davey Women are turning their backs on the health system after being traumatised by childbirth in hospitals, according to a new paper from University of Sydney researchers.

Hospital patient helps Sydney woman give birth

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Melissa Davey A woman was forced to give birth unassisted by professionals in a major Sydney hospital, at one stage taking painkillers from her own handbag, amid concerns on hospital staffing levels.

Hospital right to refuse woman who gave birth alone: leading midwife

Melissa Davey The Sydney hospital under fire for letting a woman labour alone did the right thing in turning away the patient away, the spokesperson for the Australian College of Midwives has said.

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Birth centre guidelines need changing, say midwives

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Melissa Davey The national guidelines on where women should give birth are based on outdated beliefs that birth centres unattached to hospitals are dangerous, a leading Sydney midwifery expert says.

Australian private hospital birth figures 'horrifying', expert says

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Melissa Davey Tens of thousands of Australian women with a low risk of birth complications are undergoing unnecessary medical interventions in private hospitals, a new study has found.

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After the first caesarean, a second one is much more likely

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Julie Robotham and Melissa Davey Tracy Hart had intended to have her first child, Ariane, now 2.5, naturally. But when Ariane failed to move into the normal birth position, Mrs Hart was told that a caesarean was the safest option.