The social dimension of anti-vaccine advocacy

Last month I noted that the mainstream media has suddenly discovered fake news and has written extensively on the willingness of people to believe complete lies. I pointed out that ...

Parenting and the tyranny of the natural

Sociologist Jan MacVarish’s latest book is entitled Neuroparenting. Neuroparenting: … relies on the authority of nature as providing an eternal, universal, cultureless blueprint for child-rearing but also on the authority ...

More C-sections = fewer lawsuits

Defensive medicine works. A recent study shows that obstetricians who have higher C-section rates are far less likely to be sued than those who have low C-section rates. Why? There ...

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Are C-sections changing the maternal pelvis? Maybe, but this paper doesn’t show it.

A new paper in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science ...

Milli Hill shows that natural childbirth — like all cults — cannot tolerate criticism

I’ve written before that the philosophy of natural childbirth is the philosophy ...

Another VBAC group, another dead baby

This came from the VBAC group set up in the wake of ...

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The social dimension of anti-vaccine advocacy

Last month I noted that the mainstream media has suddenly discovered fake news and has written extensively on the willingness of people to believe complete lies. I pointed out that while fake news may be relatively new within the political context, it has been a potent force in alternative health for decades. Most alternative health […]

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Parenting and the tyranny of the natural

Sociologist Jan MacVarish’s latest book is entitled Neuroparenting. Neuroparenting: … relies on the authority of nature as providing an eternal, universal, cultureless blueprint for child-rearing but also on the authority of science, as nature’s modern interpreter. That’s also an excellent description of natural parenting. Both rely on assumptions about human beings, nature, culture and science […]

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More C-sections = fewer lawsuits

Defensive medicine works. A recent study shows that obstetricians who have higher C-section rates are far less likely to be sued than those who have low C-section rates. Why? There are two possible reasons: obstetricians who have higher C-section rates may have better outcomes and obstetricians who aggressively try to prevent bad outcomes are less […]

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Are C-sections changing the maternal pelvis? Maybe, but this paper doesn’t show it.

A new paper in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science is getting a lot of buzz. According to the BBC, Caesarean births ‘affecting human evolution’: Researchers estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 in 1,000 in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 births today. Historically, […]

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Milli Hill shows that natural childbirth — like all cults — cannot tolerate criticism

I’ve written before that the philosophy of natural childbirth is the philosophy of a cult. Like most cults, has its own mythology, in this case a mythology that is both racist and sexist. The cult was started by Grantly Dick-Read, author of Childbirth Without Fear, and a eugenicist who was preoccupied with visions of “race […]

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Another VBAC group, another dead baby

This came from the VBAC group set up in the wake of the implosion of Jen Kamel’s VBAC group. You may recall that the group imploded after they cluelessly boasted about their VBAC rupture rates, not realizing that they were 70% higher than typically quoted rates. Someone asked Kamel to comment on the fact that […]

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A new paper shows how lactivists abuse their power as health providers

I wasn’t going to write about corrosive nature of breastfeeding “support” again today, but then I read a new paper that brilliantly explains how the lactation professionals who claim to be providing information and support abuse their position as health providers to shame and blame. The paper Getting the Green Light: Experiences of Icelandic Mothers […]

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Lactivist-splainin’ is not support, no matter how much lactivists insist that it is

Yesterday I wrote about lactivist-splainin’ and compared it to mansplainin’. Lactivist-splainin’ occurs when a lactivist explains to formula feeders why they choose not to breastfeed. The fundamental problem is the same as in mansplainin’: a group of people so enamoured of their own opinions that they never listen to anyone else. Lactivist-splainin’ shares another important […]

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Lactivist-splainin’

I’ve written before about mansplainin’. Mansplainin’ occurs when a man condescendingly explains something to a woman assuming he has a superior understanding since he is a man. The founders of the natural childbirth movements were mansplainers, assuming that as male physicians they had a better understanding of what women feel during childbirth than women themselves. […]

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Is PMS real? It’s every bit as real as erectile dysfunction.

Let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine if I asked if erectile dysfunction is real or is it socially constructed. I might write something like this: Erectile dysfunction is widely accepted to be a real disorder and there is an entire industry devoted to treating it with everything from medications to mechanical devices. But does erectile […]

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