Routinely checking for the nuchal cord is a common medical intervention in birth. Some evidence shows damage to the baby and mother. Results from the authors’ study reflect the training midwives have received and their current practices in relation to a possible nuchal cord at birth.
Kathleen Fahy is Professor of Midwifery at Newcastle University, Australia, and supervisor of a number of Research Higher Degree (RHD) students. She is an editor and author of Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship: Theory for Practice, Education and Research. Kathleen is currently researching third stage labour care and group-based antenatal care using this theory.