Category Archives: Real life

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Does working increase the risk of miscarriage?

Women often ask whether they should change what they do at work once they are pregnant. Is it OK to lift, carry on with shift work or work nights? On 12th December a Scandanavian journal published an interesting study on … Continue reading

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Picture of the week

Professor Tom BourneProfessor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive clinical and research experience in early pregnancy … Continue reading

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And relax…

Really – the world is becoming a funny place.  A few years ago – the likes of the iphone and ipad were objects of pure fantasy, lusted after by gadget-mad men while watching the latest Bond film.  Are our lives … Continue reading

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Can tiredness be a reason rather than an excuse….

The world we live in is so pampered, so privileged and so very harsh.  When did it become acceptable to view tiredness as a failure, a sign of weakness that one should just rise above?  We all race around as … Continue reading

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Ultrasound scanning is magic – just switch the machine on and point it in the right direction……

One thing patients often say to me when I am carrying out a scan is: “isn’t it amazing what these machines can do these days” I have to admit this usually provokes a little irritation as clearly people think you … Continue reading

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Do doctors ever cry?

I am lucky enough to count quite a few doctors among my close friends, and am married to one.. While this helps to fuel my fantasy that really I have a bit-part in a medical soap, I do wonder if … Continue reading

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Scared of childbirth, click here…..

Are we as a generation more afraid of childbirth than our mothers and grandmothers?  Other than the wild and woolly placenta casserole brigade – just about every woman of a child bearing age is worried, or even scared of giving … Continue reading

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What a blow…..

I spent two days last week allegedly helping run an early pregnancy research meeting.  In fact, as I have explained before, having no medical knowledge other than a penchant for American medical dramas, my role is distinctly ‘back room’.  Well, … Continue reading

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Picture of the week…

Professor Tom BourneProfessor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive clinical and research experience in early pregnancy … Continue reading

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Thank you…

I spent today whizzing between two very different worlds.  One, filled with school runs, lost swimming costumes and the daily conversation about ‘why biscuits are not really suitable for breakfast – but just this once,’  (again) and the other punctuated … Continue reading

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