See Baby Midwifery Supporters to hospital: Ignore dead and injured babies or we’ll sue you!

I, I, me, me, my birth, my VBAC, my experience, just me, always me! On Wednesday, I wrote about Dr. Brad Bootstaylor and See Baby Midwifery. DeKalb Medical Center restricted ...

Why is See Baby Midwifery protesting practice restrictions designed to prevent them from hurting more babies?

Is Dr. Brad Bootstaylor another Dr. Wonderful? Long time readers may remember the story of the original Dr. Wonderful, Robert Biter, MD. Back in 2010 Dr. Biter had his obstetric ...

Breast intentions gone wrong: new paper shows Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative harms babies

I have been arguing for years that the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), designed to promote breastfeeding, ignores scientific evidence and leads to preventable deaths of babies. A new paper ...

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Scientists discover that attachment parenting causes autism

It is perhaps the ultimate irony. Advocates of attachment parenting many of ...

She’s proud she freebirthed a 24 week preemie

She writes on her Facebook page: While I am proud of myself ...

Kate Tietje and the 7 signs of an anti-vax quack

Kate Tietje, who writes under the nom de quack Modern Alternative Mama, ...

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See Baby Midwifery Supporters to hospital: Ignore dead and injured babies or we’ll sue you!

I, I, me, me, my birth, my VBAC, my experience, just me, always me! On Wednesday, I wrote about Dr. Brad Bootstaylor and See Baby Midwifery. DeKalb Medical Center restricted Dr. Bootstaylor’s privileges allegedly in the wake of a profoundly injured baby resulting from an attempted homebirth after two previous C-sections. Apparently that was one […]

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Why is See Baby Midwifery protesting practice restrictions designed to prevent them from hurting more babies?

Is Dr. Brad Bootstaylor another Dr. Wonderful? Long time readers may remember the story of the original Dr. Wonderful, Robert Biter, MD. Back in 2010 Dr. Biter had his obstetric privileges at Scripps Encinitas suspended. Natural childbirth advocates held marches, conducted a letter writing campaign, and blogged in support, all without having any idea of […]

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Breast intentions gone wrong: new paper shows Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative harms babies

I have been arguing for years that the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), designed to promote breastfeeding, ignores scientific evidence and leads to preventable deaths of babies. A new paper in JAMA Pediatrics confirms what I have been saying. It’s entitled¬†Unintended Consequences of Current Breastfeeding Initiatives. Breastfeeding is a good thing and should be vigorously […]

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Scientists discover that attachment parenting causes autism

It is perhaps the ultimate irony. Advocates of attachment parenting many of whom reject vaccination because of fear of autism have failed to recognize that it is attachment parenting itself that causes autism. Consider the ever growing body of evidence: 1. Both autism and attachment parenting have increased dramatically in the past two decades. The […]

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She’s proud she freebirthed a 24 week preemie

She writes on her Facebook page: While I am proud of myself for birthing and catching my baby myself, thankful he was strong enough at that age to be saved, I don’t feel like I did anything super or amazing… That’s good, Paala, because you didn’t do anything super or amazing. You did something immature […]

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Kate Tietje and the 7 signs of an anti-vax quack

Kate Tietje, who writes under the nom de quack Modern Alternative Mama, professes herself shocked by the outcry to the execrable piece Five Reason Measles Is Better Than Autism, her “most controversial post of all time.” Yesterday I wrote about the factual errors and neuro-bigotry in the piece (WTF, Kate Tietje?). Today I’d like to […]

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WTF, Kate Tietje? Five reasons measles is better than autism?

I learned a new word today: neuro-bigotry. Neuro-bigotry is prejudice against people on the autism spectrum based on the idea that they are less worthy of moral regard than everyone else. Who taught me the new term? None other than neuro-bigot Kate Tieje whose nom de quack is Modern Alternative Mama. Kate posted the mind […]

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What’s the difference between skeptics and denialists?

Why are those who battle pseudoscience called skeptics? It’s not because they are skeptical in the colloquial sense. Rather, the term refers to the philosophy of skepticism. It’s an approach to knowledge that requires that claims be well supported by evidence. According to Wikipedia: In philosophy, skepticism refers more specifically to any one of several […]

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What Donald Trump and anti-vaxxers have in common

I’ve seen the speculation that Donald Trump is purposely trying to lose the presidential election. The thinking seems to be that no one would purposely be so contemptuous of the truth, so offensive and so outrageous if they wanted to win. Surely Trump can see that he has reached the ceiling of his support and […]

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Balance your evil humors the Food Babe Way!

For hundreds of years medical practitioners were obsessed with “evil humors.” What are evil humors? Humoral theory, also known as humorism or the theory of the four humours, was a model for the workings of the human body. It was systemised in Ancient Greece, although its origins may go back further still. The theory was […]

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