Freebirther: A live baby is not everybody’s goal.

Freebirth, childbirth without medical assistance of any kind, is a stunt, a piece of performance art. As such, the baby is merely a prop and an expendable prop at that. ...

Is midwifery malpractice an issue of reproductive freedom?

Australian midwife Martina Görner boasted on Facebook: What a homebirth full of unexpected surprises , literally one after the other!! ‍♀️ Mum gave birth to her sweet little baby boy ...

Freebirth is akin to vaccine refusal

A number of recent deaths in the freebirth community have been publicized by Katie Paulson in a series of Patheos columns. “Lisa,” a member of a Facebook freebirth group for ...

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Homebirth + cord prolapse = dead baby

One of the biggest lies of the many lies told by homebirth ...

Is natural birth more beautiful than any other birth?

The obstetrician wrote: Occasionally I’m asked why we so often congratulate women ...

Death, death and more death in a freebirth group

It’s not unusual for new mothers to seek out other new mothers ...

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Freebirther: A live baby is not everybody’s goal.

Freebirth, childbirth without medical assistance of any kind, is a stunt, a piece of performance art. As such, the baby is merely a prop and an expendable prop at that. Don’t believe me? Believe Desirea Miller, leader of a freebirth group, discussing the idea of opting to get checked by medical personnel in the midst […]

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Is midwifery malpractice an issue of reproductive freedom?

Australian midwife Martina Görner boasted on Facebook: What a homebirth full of unexpected surprises , literally one after the other!! ‍♀️ Mum gave birth to her sweet little baby boy in water and then we thought the placenta was about to come… But as it turned out, there was another baby boy about to make […]

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Freebirth is akin to vaccine refusal

A number of recent deaths in the freebirth community have been publicized by Katie Paulson in a series of Patheos columns. “Lisa,” a member of a Facebook freebirth group for women who refuse any medical care for childbirth told the group: My water broke the evening of the 4th and was discolored. Since I was […]

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Homebirth + cord prolapse = dead baby

One of the biggest lies of the many lies told by homebirth advocates is that unexpected childbirth complications can be managed by immediate transfer to the hospital. Some can, but the worst emergencies cannot. Why? Because in the case of a serious emergency, the baby is often left without oxygen. Think about it: could you […]

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Is natural birth more beautiful than any other birth?

The obstetrician wrote: Occasionally I’m asked why we so often congratulate women on “beautifully natural births?” Some have commented, “all births are beautiful, why do you specifically call out natural births as though medicated births are somehow less beautiful?” … I realize that this is a marketing message. This physician is trolling for more business […]

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Death, death and more death in a freebirth group

It’s not unusual for new mothers to seek out other new mothers for support. They share information and experiences about birth, breastfeeding, sleeping and the awe of having created a new life. In contrast, in freebirth groups they share information about their dead babies. It’s not really surprising that there are lots of deaths in […]

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What’s the difference between breastfeeding promotion and gay conversion therapy?

Imagine if every time a gay man or woman interacted with the healthcare system he or she was offered gay conversion therapy, instructed that heterosexuality was normal and forced to sign a consent form for medical care that proclaimed “Hetero is Best”? Ugly, right? As GLAAD explains: Anti-LGBTQ activists have argued for years that sexual […]

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Experts acknowledge MORE interventions are needed to reduce maternal mortality

The most tragic of the many ironies of the natural childbirth movement is that the recommendations proposed in good faith to improve outcomes for babies and women has ended up killing them. This is particularly true in the case of maternal mortality. For years the conventional wisdom has been that outcomes improve as interventions are […]

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Whataboutism, the favorite logical fallacy of natural childbirth advocates

Yesterday I wrote about doula Maddie McMahon who equated obstetric providers who do vaginal exams with sexual predators. Midwives shld be debating the pros and cons of routine VEs and exploring the evidence, or lack of, for regularly fossicking around in a normal labour. I’m just a woman telling you that you need a damn […]

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Doula claims vaginal exams are “fingering” women

If you want to see how badly the midwifery philosophy of “normal” birth has been discredited, there’s no better place to look than the UK. For over a decade the Royal College of Midwives, the midwifery trade union, promoted a Campaign for Normal Birth on the grounds that it would save money, save lives and […]

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