Why did we suddenly stop mothering new mothers?

Living as we do in the midst of contemporary maternity culture, it’s difficult to recognize that that the beliefs and priorities that drive US childbirth care are not universal; indeed ...

Is this pitiful response the best homebirth midwives could offer?

I’ve been waiting eagerly to see how CPMs (certified professional midwives) would respond to my piece in The New York Times Sunday Review Why is American Home Birth So Dangerous? ...

No, it was not “her journey”; your baby died because you chose homebirth

Every time I think I’ve plumbed the depths of the deadly depravity of homebirth advocates who think their birth experience is more important than whether their baby lives or dies, ...

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Response to critics of my homebirth piece in The New York Times

I was thrilled to write a piece on homebirth for The New ...

Natural parenting erases women’s needs

There’s a new kind of confessional essay making the rounds: “natural parenting ...

Is the obsession with natural childbirth a form of body dysmorphic disorder?

What is a “healing birth” and why would you need one? In ...

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Why did we suddenly stop mothering new mothers?

Living as we do in the midst of contemporary maternity culture, it’s difficult to recognize that that the beliefs and priorities that drive US childbirth care are not universal; indeed they are hardly more than a generation old. Our beliefs and priorities in regard to maternity care are particular to this time and place. Sadly […]

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Is this pitiful response the best homebirth midwives could offer?

I’ve been waiting eagerly to see how CPMs (certified professional midwives) would respond to my piece in The New York Times Sunday Review Why is American Home Birth So Dangerous? I made several points in the piece: Homebirth is relatively safe in Canada and other countries. The US homebirth death rate is 3-7X higher than […]

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No, it was not “her journey”; your baby died because you chose homebirth

Every time I think I’ve plumbed the depths of the deadly depravity of homebirth advocates who think their birth experience is more important than whether their baby lives or dies, another homebirth loss mother comes along to disabuse me. Lisa Flatto has no remorse for her daughter’s entirely preventable death at a home VBAC. Indeed […]

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Response to critics of my homebirth piece in The New York Times

I was thrilled to write a piece on homebirth for The New York Times. As of this morning it was one of the most read opinion pieces of the last few days, and one of the most emailed articles of the entire paper. The comment section quickly grew to 337 comments before it was closed. […]

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Natural parenting erases women’s needs

There’s a new kind of confessional essay making the rounds: “natural parenting destroyed me.” Often it focuses on breastfeeding — how trying to maintain exclusive breastfeeding in the absence of adequate breastmilk make me and my baby crazy — but sometimes it concentrates on childbirth or attachment parenting. Rachel Meyer hits all three in her […]

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Is the obsession with natural childbirth a form of body dysmorphic disorder?

What is a “healing birth” and why would you need one? In the world of natural childbirth, a healing birth is a do-over for a birth that did not meet the prescribed ideal. It might be a do-over for a C-section or a do-over for an attempted homebirth that ended with a hospital transfer. According […]

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Hallelujah! Public health officials begin to push back against the breastfeeding industry

It’s about time! The USPSTF (US Preventive Services Task Force) has changed its approach on breastfeeding. According to MedPage Today: Primary care clinicians should “support” patients who wish to breastfeed their infants, said a draft recommendation statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), in an effort to avoid the impression of pressuring women […]

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If you think childbirth is about your ego, you’re doing it wrong

Childbirth is not performance art. That basic fact seems to have escaped natural childbirth advocates who are under the mistaken impression that their babies’ births are about their own egos. How do natural childbirth advocates express their overweening self-absorption? Let me count the ways. 1. Forcing a baby to remain attached to the placenta until […]

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The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s Big Lie

Dr. Alison Stuebe of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine has had something of an epiphany. Six years ago, I wrote a blog reflecting on Diane Wiessinger’s seminal essay, “Watch your language.” “There are no benefits of breastfeeding,” I wrote. “There are risks of formula feeding.” That post remains the most-viewed piece I’ve ever written, with […]

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The vicious anti-feminism of natural parenting advocates

I posted the image above on Facebook and got the following response: You want to spend 10 months carrying a fetus to a live birth… You should be expected to breastfeed to at least 2 years, you should be expected to baby wear – PERIOD. You should also demand paid maternity leave, expect an extra […]

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