Rebecca Dekker, Evidence Based Birth, and the seductive marketing tactics of the natural childbirth industry

I’ve often remarked that no sooner do I write a post about some aspect of the natural childbirth industry than advocates leap to validate my concerns and demonstrate the truth ...

Fabulous resource on state homebirth midwifery laws and their impact on homebirth mortality rates

Lana Muniz, PhD has prepared a fabulous resource on state midwifery laws and their impact on homebirth mortality rates. Muniz wanted to know whether stricter regulation of homebirth midwives leads ...

The anthropology of natural childbirth advocacy

A startling number of professional natural childbirth advocates are anthropologists or sociologists. They believe that they ground their advocacy of unmedicated vaginal birth in the ancient practices of indigenous cultures. ...

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Class on How to Bring Episiotomy Back!

To understand why I created this class, let’s go back to March ...

Improving Birth.org offers twelve signs you can trust your provider is emotionally manipulating you

Improving Birth.org Vice-President Christen Pascucci offers twelve helpful signs that your provider ...

MANA makes a movie on homebirth safety and it’s pathetic

We haven’t heard much from the Midwives Alliance of North America lately. ...

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Rebecca Dekker, Evidence Based Birth, and the seductive marketing tactics of the natural childbirth industry

I’ve often remarked that no sooner do I write a post about some aspect of the natural childbirth industry than advocates leap to validate my concerns and demonstrate the truth of my warnings. Today Rebecca Dekker demonstrates the seductive marketing tactics of the natural childbirth industry. Her latest piece is What is the Evidence for […]

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Fabulous resource on state homebirth midwifery laws and their impact on homebirth mortality rates

Lana Muniz, PhD has prepared a fabulous resource on state midwifery laws and their impact on homebirth mortality rates. Muniz wanted to know whether stricter regulation of homebirth midwives leads to better outcomes. Using the CDC Wonder website, U.S. neonatal mortality rates (NNM) are examined for term, singleton births attended by non-nurse midwives in out-of-hospital […]

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The anthropology of natural childbirth advocacy

A startling number of professional natural childbirth advocates are anthropologists or sociologists. They believe that they ground their advocacy of unmedicated vaginal birth in the ancient practices of indigenous cultures. One of the best known is anthropology professor Melissa Cheyney, who is also a homebirth midwife and an executive of the Midwives Alliance of North […]

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Class on How to Bring Episiotomy Back!

To understand why I created this class, let’s go back to March 2006 when ACOG released Practice Bulletin 71 restricting the use of episiotomies. But I don’t like it. I’ve been waiting years for ACOG to retract it so I could cut women to my heart’s content, but apparently that’s not going to happen.   […]

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Improving Birth.org offers twelve signs you can trust your provider is emotionally manipulating you

Improving Birth.org Vice-President Christen Pascucci offers twelve helpful signs that your provider is emotionally manipulating you. Of course she didn’t call it that. She called it Twelve Signs You Can Trust Your Provider. Who is Christen Pascucci and how is she qualified to write about choosing safe, competent providers? Duh! She’s a mother and a […]

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MANA makes a movie on homebirth safety and it’s pathetic

We haven’t heard much from the Midwives Alliance of North America lately. That’s not surprising since it has been a bad couple of years for pretending that homebirth is safe. In January MANA published their landmark “study” (actually a non-representative survey of less than 30% of their members completed 5 years ago) claiming that homebirth […]

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5 things you need to know to protect yourself from the seductive marketing tactics of the natural childbirth industry

Natural childbirth advocates may be wrong about nearly all their empirical claims, but when it comes to marketing brilliance, they are second to none. Indeed, their marketing tactics are so seductive that many people who would have no trouble recognizing conventional marketing are chastened and distressed when they realize they’ve fallen for the marketing tropes […]

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10 birth decisions that are portrayed as momentous but are actually meaningless

The natural childbirth industry likes to portray itself as existing in opposition to the unsafe, soul-deadening practices of conventional parenting. The reality is quite different. In large part the natural childbirth industry is based on unreflective defiance of authority, particularly medical authority. Part of the portrayal of natural childbirth advocates as “educated,” enlightened and progressive […]

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Actually, I do get to have an opinion on how other women give birth

Doula Carrie Murphy is shocked, shocked to discover that some women judge other women’s births. In her Jezebel piece You Don’t Get to Have an Opinion on How Anyone Gives Birth. Ever. Murphy declaims: Giving birth to a human being—however it happens—is a visceral, memorable and profound life experience. Why do so many people feel […]

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Attachment parenting is contradicted by everything we know about attachment

Scientists have found that the average infant needs approximately 100 kcal/kg/day dropping down to about 80 kcal/kg/day during the toddler years. That works out to about 430 kcal/day for newborns to nearly 1000 kcal/day for toddlers. Imagine that as a result of that finding, parenting gurus wrote books and ran websites advocating that infants and […]

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