Midwife-led care kills babies and mothers

Despite my misgivings about midwife-led care, I would not have predicted this. The Dutch experience with midwife-led care kills babies (and possibly mothers). The Netherlands has one of the worst ...

Maternity horror at Morecambe Bay is the inevitable result of the radicalization of midwifery

Ideas have consequences. Bad ideas have deadly consequences. Today’s report on the deaths more than a dozen babies and mothers at a UK hospital is a catalog of horrors. According ...

Is this vaccine white & gold or blue & black?

By now every sentient being with access to the internet has seen #TheDress. #TheDress is an optical illusion that relies on varying perceptions of different observers. The fact that the ...

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Modern Alternative Mama’s flight from Facebook: the dawn of a new day for science on the internet

The internet is the oxygen of contemporary pseudoscience movements. Pseudoscience movements like ...

Lifetime’s Born in the Wild: an affront to countless women whose babies are born (and die) in the wild

Outdoor homebirth is about to get a reality TV show. It’s a ...

Henci Goer arrives to rescue the homebirth sheeple!

You could practically hear the collective sigh of relief from the homebirth ...

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Midwife-led care kills babies and mothers

Despite my misgivings about midwife-led care, I would not have predicted this. The Dutch experience with midwife-led care kills babies (and possibly mothers). The Netherlands has one of the worst perinatal mortality rates in Western Europe, and, remarkably, Dutch midwives caring for low risk women (home or hospital) have a HIGHER perinatal mortality rate than […]

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Maternity horror at Morecambe Bay is the inevitable result of the radicalization of midwifery

Ideas have consequences. Bad ideas have deadly consequences. Today’s report on the deaths more than a dozen babies and mothers at a UK hospital is a catalog of horrors. According to The Guardian: Frontline staff were responsible for “inappropriate and unsafe care” and the response to potentially fatal incidents by the trust hierarchy was “grossly […]

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Is this vaccine white & gold or blue & black?

By now every sentient being with access to the internet has seen #TheDress. #TheDress is an optical illusion that relies on varying perceptions of different observers. The fact that the brain is constantly constructing a model of what the world really looks like is also true for color vision. The fundamental challenge in the perception […]

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Modern Alternative Mama’s flight from Facebook: the dawn of a new day for science on the internet

The internet is the oxygen of contemporary pseudoscience movements. Pseudoscience movements like anti-vaccine advocacy existed prior to the internet, of course but they were stunted, enfeebled shadows of what they later became. Why? Because prior to the internet, it was easy to tell the difference between science, which appeared in textbooks, journals and at professional […]

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Lifetime’s Born in the Wild: an affront to countless women whose babies are born (and die) in the wild

Outdoor homebirth is about to get a reality TV show. It’s a marriage made in heaven! Homebirth advocates are narcissists and reality TV is made for narcissists who are so desperate for attention that they are willing to be ridiculed and/or humiliated on TV. The only surprise is that it took this long. Homebirth advocates […]

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Henci Goer arrives to rescue the homebirth sheeple!

You could practically hear the collective sigh of relief from the homebirth world. The NYTimes solicited the medical opinions of 4 obstetricians to explain the increased risk of death at homebirth. But look, up in the sky, it’s Superbirther; faster than a snake in the grass, more powerful than an actual education, able to ignore […]

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Would you take obstetrics advice from an attorney? Me, neither.

A friend sent me a link to a new blog post on Fearless Parenting. Once I stopped laughing after reading it, I was struck by the fact that, as is often the case, no sooner do I write a post then a homebirth advocate rushes to illustrate it. Yesterday I wrote about 10 things that […]

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10 things that homebirth and anti-vaccine advocacy have in common

At the end of their piece in yesterday’s NYTimes Room for Debate feature on homebirth, Drs. Grunebaum and Chervenak make a particularly apt comparison: We are now seeing the damage done to children from the propagation of junk science about vaccines. It is imperative we, as a society, do not make the same mistake when […]

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NYTimes asks: Homebirth is never safest, but can it be safe enough?

Hallelujah! I knew that it was only a matter of time, but sometimes it seemed as if it would take forever for the mainstream media to absorb the scientific evidence that has been around for decades: homebirth results in the deaths of babies who didn’t have to die. The NYTimes, in its Room for Debate […]

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What breastfeeding and the failed cholesterol recommendations have in common: weak science

Oops! Their bad. Remember how the government said fat and cholesterol were dangerous to your health? Never mind. As Nina Teicholz explains in an NYTimes Op-Ed (The Government’s Bad Diet Advice): For two generations, Americans ate fewer eggs and other animal products because policy makers told them that fat and cholesterol were bad for their […]

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