Announcing …

My new book! For the last few months I’ve been working on a book proposal. I’m happy to say that it garnered a lot of interest among editors and publishing ...

For my daughter on her birthday

All my life I dreamed of you … and then you came. From the time that I was a small child I had imagined what it would be like to ...

Quackery means never having to say you’re sorry

There are a lot of tips for differentiating peddlers of pseudoscience from real scientists. I’ve written about some of them myself (Six red flags you need to recognize to quack ...

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Lethal breasts?

Last month I wrote about a spate of infant deaths in so-called ...

Aviva Romm, heal thyself!

You can’t make this stuff up. Aviva Romm, MD has thoughtfully taken ...

Birth represents woman at her LEAST powerful

  One of the most depressing things about the philosophy of natural ...

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Announcing …

My new book! For the last few months I’ve been working on a book proposal. I’m happy to say that it garnered a lot of interest among editors and publishing houses, and ultimately went to auction. Guilt Trap: New Motherhood and the Natural Parenting Industry will be published next year by Dey Street Books, an […]

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For my daughter on her birthday

All my life I dreamed of you … and then you came. From the time that I was a small child I had imagined what it would be like to have a daughter. I envisioned a girly girl with a powerful sense of self, and you have wildly exceeded my every expectation. Your personality was […]

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Quackery means never having to say you’re sorry

There are a lot of tips for differentiating peddlers of pseudoscience from real scientists. I’ve written about some of them myself (Six red flags you need to recognize to quack proof yourself). But there’s a simple question you can ask that serves as a highly reliable shortcut. Does the website (or Facebook page) airbrush the […]

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Lethal breasts?

Last month I wrote about a spate of infant deaths in so-called “Baby Friendly” hospitals and asked whether the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative ought to be renamed the Baby Deadly Hospital Initiative. The Initiative virtually mandates keeping babies in bed with exhausted new mothers even when multiple modifiable risk factors for infant suffocation are present, […]

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Aviva Romm, heal thyself!

You can’t make this stuff up. Aviva Romm, MD has thoughtfully taken a break from her 30 day series on “Preventing Unnecessary Cesareans,” to inform us that she is shocked, shocked that some women are being shamed for their C-sections: Day 7: Take Back Birth: Preventing Unnecessary Cesareans Today I am making a departure from […]

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Birth represents woman at her LEAST powerful

  One of the most depressing things about the philosophy of natural childbirth is that it treats women like children who can be chivvied into believing sugar coated nonsense. Perhaps the premier example of this tendency toward infantilizing grown women is the bizarre claim that birth represents woman at her most powerful. Milli Hill purveys […]

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Milli Hill demonstrates that natural childbirth is an issue of privileged, Western white women

Oh, the horror! Milli Hill of The Positive Birth Movement is outraged. Over the weekend, Facebook removed two images from our page and subjected myself and my organisation to a 24-hour ban. This was because, in its words, the images “violated community standards”. Neither image fits the stereotypical picture that most of us have of […]

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The last bastion of acceptable bullying? New motherhood.

We are all anti-bullying now. We recognize that bullying based on race is wrong; bullying based on religion is wrong; bullying based on gender is wrong; bullying based on sexual orientation is wrong. In fact, there’s only one group that it is still acceptable to bully: new mothers. And who are the bullies? Lactivists, natural […]

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The biggest problem with The Leaky Boob’s lie

Last Friday’s post on The Leaky Boob’s lie has generated a lot of discussion about Jessica Martin-Weber and her lie that she exclusively breastfed 6 children while the reality was that she often used bottles and sometimes used formula. There are lots of problems with that lie, but one problem is bigger than all the […]

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Nothing in nature is “perfect” Michael Pollan, and that goes for breastmilk, too

Imagine if I made the following claim: Sexual intercourse is the perfect method of reproduction, formed by natural selection to result in a perfect baby every time. After you picked yourself up off the floor from laughing so hard, you’d probably point out a number of facts to me: 1. Every episode of sexual intercourse […]

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