What everyone gets wrong about anti-vaccine parents

We told them this would happen. We told them that it was only a matter of time before a childhood disease that had nearly been eliminated from the US would ...

ImprovingBirth.org boasts about latest effort to exploit the woman in the “forced episiotomy” video

Poor Kelly! Not only was treated disrespectfully by her obstetrician, but she’s been endlessly exploited by the folks at ImprovingBirth.org who have used her story to raise their own public ...

Hold on a minute! Did that 56 year old new mother die because of advanced maternal age or because of medical error?

I admit it. When I saw headlines like this one from Yahoo Parenting, A Week After Welcoming the Twins She Longed for, Mom, 56, Dies, I assumed that she died ...

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Anti-vaxxers, the real welfare queens

Oops, my bad! Until recently I would have told you that welfare ...

Should you trust an expert or a fauxpert?

Elissa Strauss nails it! Her new piece, Want to ask Facebook about ...

The real reason why lactivists oppose the Similac video

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen or heard ...

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What everyone gets wrong about anti-vaccine parents

We told them this would happen. We told them that it was only a matter of time before a childhood disease that had nearly been eliminated from the US would come roaring back if they failed to vaccinate their children. And that’s precisely what has happened. Measles has come roaring back, but not simply because […]

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ImprovingBirth.org boasts about latest effort to exploit the woman in the “forced episiotomy” video

Poor Kelly! Not only was treated disrespectfully by her obstetrician, but she’s been endlessly exploited by the folks at ImprovingBirth.org who have used her story to raise their own public profile while doing NOTHING to help Kelly. You may remember when I wrote last fall about the exploitation (What has Improving Birth done for the […]

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Hold on a minute! Did that 56 year old new mother die because of advanced maternal age or because of medical error?

I admit it. When I saw headlines like this one from Yahoo Parenting, A Week After Welcoming the Twins She Longed for, Mom, 56, Dies, I assumed that she died as a result of her decision to attempt pregnancy at such an advanced maternal age. I expected that when I read the article, I would […]

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Anti-vaxxers, the real welfare queens

Oops, my bad! Until recently I would have told you that welfare queens were a figment of the right wing (and often racist) imagination, but I’ve learned that they’re are real. They’re not women of color on welfare, though, they are white, relatively well off anti-vaxxers. What is a welfare queen? According to this piece […]

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Should you trust an expert or a fauxpert?

Elissa Strauss nails it! Her new piece, Want to ask Facebook about your daughter’s binky? Go ahead., has added a new term to my lexicon: fauxpert. As in: Internet discussions about natural childbirth, homebirth, breastfeeding and vaccination are dominated by fauxperts, self-appointed, self-proclaimed mommy experts. Strauss is talking about the age old strategy of mothers […]

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The real reason why lactivists oppose the Similac video

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen or heard about the thought provoking Similac video shown below, The Sisterhood of Motherhood: Lactivists have rushed to point out that the video is a marketing tool. Duh! Everything done by industry is a marketing tool. In this case, the video serves the same purpose […]

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How to rationalize your baby’s near death at homebirth

Cognitive dissonance is very uncomfortable. That’s why when a birth worker’s own child is nearly killed by homebirth, the mother desperately struggles to maintain her belief in the safety of homebirth. It’s hard to acknowledge that you were wrong; it’s so much easier to delude yourself into rationalizing the disaster. And when it comes to […]

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A question for anti-vax parents

Anti-vax parents, you’re part of a group that has an amazing track record. You’re batting 1000! In the more than 200 year history of anti-vaccine movements, you’ve never been right even once! Now, in light of the latest anti-vax fiasco at Disneyland, I have a question for you: Since you have once again been proven […]

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Is contemporary midwifery losing touch with reality?

Yesterday I wrote about recent research in midwifery that is either horrifying or horrifyingly stupid. It ranged from a paper on midwives’ clinical reasoning that concluded that a substantial proportion of midwives don’t use clinical reasoning, to a paper on midwives’ self-confidence that showed that it depended on the good opinion of their colleagues, not […]

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Midwifery research: dumb and dumber

Recent midwifery research runs the gamut from horrifying to horrifyingly stupid. Consider: Midwives’ clinical reasoning during 2nd stage labour: Report on an interpretive study by Jefford and Fahy Clinical reasoning was once thought to be the exclusive domain of medicine – setting it apart from ‘non-scientific’ occupations like midwifery. Poor assessment, clinical reasoning and decision-making […]

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