Childbirth: should we err on the side of caution or err on the side of risk?

I’m pretty confident that over the next several decades we will reduce the risk of childbirth in dramatic ways. After all, we understand the problems that we face; it’s just ...

It’s time to reject the natural childbirth paradigm as manipulative, unhealthy and deeply anti-feminist

Yesterday I drew an explicit parallel between the way that the fashion industry wields the body image issue to induce insecurity and thereby sell clothes, make up and diet aids ...

Sad about your birth experience? Blame the industry that set you up for disappointment.

What would you say if your teenaged daughter confided that she was profoundly depressed because she did not look like a fashion model? Yes, she is thin (size 4), but ...

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What’s the difference between homebirth and leaving your newborn home alone?

How would you feel if you heard that a woman left her ...

Are the women who run birth blogs morally culpable for the deaths that result from their misinformation?

There is a group of women out there who proudly and unapologetically ...

The most powerful arguments against homebirth

Thinking about homebirth? These mothers of these babies were, too. Their babies ...

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Childbirth: should we err on the side of caution or err on the side of risk?

I’m pretty confident that over the next several decades we will reduce the risk of childbirth in dramatic ways. After all, we understand the problems that we face; it’s just a matter of creating the technology that will provide the answers we need. We know, for example, that the biggest threat to babies is lack […]

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It’s time to reject the natural childbirth paradigm as manipulative, unhealthy and deeply anti-feminist

Yesterday I drew an explicit parallel between the way that the fashion industry wields the body image issue to induce insecurity and thereby sell clothes, make up and diet aids and the way that the natural childbirth industry uses an idealized image of birth to induce insecurity and thereby sell midwife and doula services, homebirth […]

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Sad about your birth experience? Blame the industry that set you up for disappointment.

What would you say if your teenaged daughter confided that she was profoundly depressed because she did not look like a fashion model? Yes, she is thin (size 4), but not size 0 like all the actresses and models she sees in People Magazine. Yes, she is tall (5’9″), but not as tall as the […]

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What’s the difference between homebirth and leaving your newborn home alone?

How would you feel if you heard that a woman left her newborn home alone for several hours to get together with friends? Shocked? Horrified? Worried for the safety of the baby? Bewildered at the terrible risk the mother is running merely for a few hours of enjoyment? Stunned that anyone could risk the life […]

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Are the women who run birth blogs morally culpable for the deaths that result from their misinformation?

There is a group of women out there who proudly and unapologetically kill and injure babies. They are birth bloggers and they are a plague on babies who want nothing more than to live and to live uninjured by preventable birth injuries. The babies’ biggest enemy is the dozens of stupid, self important women with […]

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The most powerful arguments against homebirth

Thinking about homebirth? These mothers of these babies were, too. Their babies are dead as a result. In one case, the mother died. James died after an abruption Baby Girl in Portland taken home to die due to massive brain damage when she failed to breathe at birth. “Thor” son of author Elizabeth Heineman died […]

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What’s the real chance of having a C-section if you give birth in a hospital? A lot lower than you’ve been told.

If I had a nickel for every time a homebirth advocate claimed that a “risk” of hospital birth is a 1 in 3 chance of having a C-section, I’d be a very rich woman indeed. What’s the real risk of having a C-section? A lot lower than you’ve been told. I’ve written in the past […]

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What are the odds that the peer review of Texas homebirth midwife Gina Phillips will be a whitewash?

Gina Phillips, the homebirth midwife who was supposed to be at the labor of baby James‘ mother, but was home “resting” instead, will be the subject of a homebirth midwifery peer review next week. It’s difficult to learn the details, because this process, which is supposed to be a form of accountability and a way […]

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Giving birth in the hospital is an act of love; giving birth at home has become an act of selfishness.

How many babies have to die before homebirth advocates acknowledge that it has become an act of selfishness? How about two babies a day? Last Sunday, the same day that doula Nirvana “Harley” Jennette was taking hideous risks with the life of a baby in Georgia, two other midwives (one in Texas, and one in […]

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Have a live Tweeted, professionally photographed, video streaming, non-technological homebirth!

Hi, folks Hypa (short for Hypatia) Crit, CPM here to introduce you to the wonders of childbirth without technology. So few people have seen a real natural childbirth that we thought it would be instructive to bring one to you on an IMAX screen so we can capture every detail Before I introduce our birth […]

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