Dear daughter, here’s why I work (at ending the mommy wars)

Dear Daughter, Why do mothers pummel each other over whether or not they work for pay outside the home? Why do so many women eagerly enlist on one side or ...

Update on one March homebirth death and report of a second death

Homebirth advocates exult that the proportion of planned homebirths in the US has been rising from miniscule to slightly more than miniscule. Too bad they never point out the endless ...

Cathy Warwick, Sheena Byrom and other UK midwives give a master class on shirking responsibility

It looks like I’m not the only one shocked by the response of UK midwives to the Morecambe Bay Report that places the blame for the preventable deaths of 11 ...

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Pressure to exclusively breastfeed is causing neonatal starvation; what will be the long term effects?

Everyone knows that breastfeeding provides benefits to babies. That’s true even in ...

WeMidwives reports loss parent to his employer because I condemned the terrible way they treated him

Bullies always go for what they perceive as the weakest link. UK ...

Midwives are wrong to fight fear in childbirth; it’s a lifesaving gift.

The meme of the moment in UK midwifery is “fight fear.” It ...

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Dear daughter, here’s why I work (at ending the mommy wars)

Dear Daughter, Why do mothers pummel each other over whether or not they work for pay outside the home? Why do so many women eagerly enlist on one side or another in the Mommy Wars? Why did Lydia Lovric write Dear Daughter, Here’s Why I Don’t Work? Or, more to the point, why did Lovric […]

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Update on one March homebirth death and report of a second death

Homebirth advocates exult that the proportion of planned homebirths in the US has been rising from miniscule to slightly more than miniscule. Too bad they never point out the endless stream of preventable homebirth deaths that result. I noted earlier this month that there are so many homebirth deaths that I can barely keep track. […]

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Cathy Warwick, Sheena Byrom and other UK midwives give a master class on shirking responsibility

It looks like I’m not the only one shocked by the response of UK midwives to the Morecambe Bay Report that places the blame for the preventable deaths of 11 babies and 1 mother squarely on midwives and their pursuit of “normal birth.” According to the author of the report, Dr. Bill Kirkup: All showed […]

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Pressure to exclusively breastfeed is causing neonatal starvation; what will be the long term effects?

Everyone knows that breastfeeding provides benefits to babies. That’s true even in first world countries where the threat of pathogen contamination of the water used to prepare formula is nearly nonexistent. Those benefits are so small, however, that they are measured in individual IQ points, and fewer episodes of mild neonatal illness like colds and […]

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WeMidwives reports loss parent to his employer because I condemned the terrible way they treated him

Bullies always go for what they perceive as the weakest link. UK Midwives are very upset with me, upset with what I’ve written and even more upset because it’s all true. Recently I’ve written: 1. Hypocrite! Midwife Sheena Byrom, who has publicly treated a loss parent viciously, edits a book about compassion: Byrom ought to […]

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Midwives are wrong to fight fear in childbirth; it’s a lifesaving gift.

The meme of the moment in UK midwifery is “fight fear.” It is both hypocritical and immoral. It’s the keystone of today’s piece in The Guardian by an anonymous midwife, I loved being a midwife, but bullying, stress and fear made me resign and at heart of the new book by UK midwives Sheila Byrom […]

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Hypocrite! Midwife Sheena Byrom, who has publicly treated a loss parent viciously, edits a book about compassion

Talk about hypocrisy! UK midwife Sheena Byrom, whom I’ve called out for viciousness in the past, has edited a new book The Roar Behind the Silence: Why kindness, compassion and respect matter in maternity care The UK is experiencing a crisis in midwifery. The recently released Morecambe Bay Report decried a midwifery culture which allowed […]

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New breastfeeding study shows that maternal education, family income and birth weight have a greater impact on IQ than breastfeeding

Not surprisingly, the authors of a new study on breastfeeding and IQ led with the information likely to generate the best headline, Breastfeeding ‘linked to higher IQ’: A long-term study has pointed to a link between breastfeeding and intelligence. The research in Brazil traced nearly 3,500 babies, from all walks of life, and found those […]

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Being a UK midwife means you never have to say you’re sorry

In the wake of the Morecambe Bay Report, which investigated the deaths of 11 babies and a mother and placed blame squarely on a midwifery culture that valued “normal birth” above all else, you might think that UK midwives would be in a mood of somber reflection about their deadly philosophy. You would be wrong. […]

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What my brain tumor can teach us about the shocking lack of ethics at the heart of midwifery care

In the summer of 2000 I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I had developed double vision because a meningioma, a benign tumor, was pressing on cranial nerve VI, the one that controlled the movement of my left eye. The tumor was small, but it was located in an awkward place near the center of […]

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