Childbirth educators could save women’s lives

US maternal mortality has rightly captured the nation’s attention. Perhaps the most shocking fact about it is that so many of the women who die during and in the aftermath ...

Frenemommy

“You’d look so beautiful if you just lost the extra weight!” “I admire your confidence for being willing to wear that!” “Is that your wedding picture? The frame is amazing!” ...

Is contemporary midwifery merely unreflective defiance of obstetrics?

Why have midwives hit out with such vehemence at the ARRIVE Trial that found elective induction at 39 weeks lowers the risk of C-section? Because they recognize that this represents ...

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The ideology of Amy Tuteur: her baby, her body, her choice!

When my boys were small and were angry with me, they would ...

Has improved nutrition made childbirth more dangerous?

There’s one pregnancy intervention that everyone — midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, obstetricians ...

Yet more evidence that elective induction of labor improves outcomes

In February I wrote about new data presented at the Society for ...

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Childbirth educators could save women’s lives

US maternal mortality has rightly captured the nation’s attention. Perhaps the most shocking fact about it is that so many of the women who die during and in the aftermath of pregnancy die from preventable causes. Why? Everyone involved in the care of pregnant women seems to have forgotten the single most important thing about […]

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Frenemommy

“You’d look so beautiful if you just lost the extra weight!” “I admire your confidence for being willing to wear that!” “Is that your wedding picture? The frame is amazing!” Those are the kind of passive-aggressive “compliments” that you get from frenemies, the women who insist they are your friends but never miss a chance […]

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Is contemporary midwifery merely unreflective defiance of obstetrics?

Why have midwives hit out with such vehemence at the ARRIVE Trial that found elective induction at 39 weeks lowers the risk of C-section? Because they recognize that this represents a crossroads for contemporary midwifery. The foundation of contemporary midwifery is: 1. The belief that childbirth interventions inevitably lead to more interventions, often culminating in […]

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The ideology of Amy Tuteur: her baby, her body, her choice!

When my boys were small and were angry with me, they would respond with what they considered a devastating insult: “You are a poopy-head.” Needless to say, it rarely produced the desired response. Instead I laughed. I was reminded of that when I came across Milli Hill’s latest tweet berating loss father James Titcombe: [S]ince […]

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Has improved nutrition made childbirth more dangerous?

There’s one pregnancy intervention that everyone — midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, obstetricians — can agree on: promoting optimal nutrition. We encourage women to get all the calories necessary to grow a baby as well as the full daily requirement of vitamins and minerals. We assume that will improve pregnancy outcomes by improving the health of […]

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Yet more evidence that elective induction of labor improves outcomes

In February I wrote about new data presented at the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine annual meeting that showed that elective induction at 39 weeks improves outcomes. The accompanying press release noted: Results include: • Lower rates of cesarean birth among the elective induction group (19%) as compared to the expectant management group (22%) • […]

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The theology of wellness

Wellness has been in the news a lot in the past few weeks. Taffy Brodesser-Akner, writing about Gwyneth Paltrow a high priestess of wellness, had this to say: The minute the phrase “having it all” lost favor among women, wellness came in to pick up the pieces. It was a way to reorient ourselves — […]

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Serena Williams and postpartum oppression

Serena Williams appears to be suffering from postpartum oppression. No, that’s not a typo. It’s a wake up call. We’ve all heard of postpartum depression, a form of clinical depression that occurs after childbirth. It is a serious medical issue and is probably precipitated by wide fluctations in hormones after childbirth, compounded by lack of […]

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Do feminists consider breastfeeding to be liberating or oppressive?

How do academic feminists feel about breastfeeding? According to social scientist Suzana Ignjatović’s paper Breastfeeding Divisions in Ethics and Politics of Feminism, academic feminists are divided: In general, all feminist positions on infant feeding can be placed in two strongly opposed views: pro-breastfeeding and pro-choice feminists, including the option called “beyond choice” perspective, which is […]

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Breastfeeding policy is tainted by bias

Hundreds of women are venting their fury on my Facebook page. Why? It isn’t merely because I have spent World Breastfeeding Week 2018 challenging their cherished belief in the perfection of breastfeeding. It’s because I’m raising doubt about their conviction in their own minds. Nearly all of the touted benefits of breastfeeding are based on […]

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