The antediluvian sexism of the lactivist movement

Lactivism, like all natural parenting, suffers from three serious flaws: 1. It perverts the scientific evidence to support pre-approved conclusions 2. It is an industry that relentlessly markets its own ...

Early results from the “bribe a woman to breastfeed” trial

I first wrote about the “bribe a woman to breastfeed” trial a year ago. Bribing women will create a culture where breastfeeding will be seen as the norm? Earth to ...

Ricki Lake has blood on her hands … and now she’s going to add more

Dear Ms. Lake, According to The New York Times: One of the most talked about and provocative documentaries about childbirth is having its own rebirth. “The Business of Being Born,” ...

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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 ...

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 ...

The anthropology of natural childbirth advocacy

A startling number of professional natural childbirth advocates are anthropologists or sociologists. ...

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The antediluvian sexism of the lactivist movement

Lactivism, like all natural parenting, suffers from three serious flaws: 1. It perverts the scientific evidence to support pre-approved conclusions 2. It is an industry that relentlessly markets its own services 3. It is deeply sexist and retrograde Don’t believe me? Consider this latest attempt by lactivists to move the goal posts, appearing in the […]

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Early results from the “bribe a woman to breastfeed” trial

I first wrote about the “bribe a woman to breastfeed” trial a year ago. Bribing women will create a culture where breastfeeding will be seen as the norm? Earth to lactivists: if you have to bribe someone to do it, you are sending the exact OPPOSITE message. You are sending the message that it is […]

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Ricki Lake has blood on her hands … and now she’s going to add more

Dear Ms. Lake, According to The New York Times: One of the most talked about and provocative documentaries about childbirth is having its own rebirth. “The Business of Being Born,” the 2008 film by the former talk show host Ricki Lake questioning the American medical system’s approach to childbirth and presenting the benefits of home […]

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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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