Do epidurals prolong labour? Read the recent headlines and you'd think we finally answered that question once and for all - with epidurals turning out to have no effect. But the study actually asked what happens if you already have an epidural, and turn it off as you're pushing out the baby.
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"Are you having an ultrasound?" the midwife asked, at my first appointment. I thought there had been a miscommunication: Nobody had told me whether I would have one. "Well, it's up to you," she said. She could explain the pros and cons, but the decision was mine. Welcome to the midwifery model of care.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.