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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

When lactivists lie

She’s hardly the first prominent person to lie in order to maintain ...

Natural childbirth advocates wrong again: C-section and induction rates have nothing to do with quality

Natural childbirth advocates are obsessed with unmedicated vaginal birth with no interventions ...

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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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When lactivists lie

She’s hardly the first prominent person to lie in order to maintain her place in the natural parenting pantheon. Actress Kate Winslet lied about the birth of her first baby Mia because she was ashamed of her C-section. Attachment parenting guru Katie Granju (MamaPundit) lied by omission about her late son’s drug use, painting a […]

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Natural childbirth advocates wrong again: C-section and induction rates have nothing to do with quality

Natural childbirth advocates are obsessed with unmedicated vaginal birth with no interventions of any kind. That’s because they value process over outcome. How a baby is born is apparently more important than whether it is born dead or alive, healthy or brain injured. Unfortunately, the natural childbirth obsession with process at the expense of outcome […]

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Why do so many babies die at American homebirth?

The increased risk of death and serious injury at American homebirth is well established and a remarkably robust finding across multiple studies, including: Grünebaum A, McCullough LB, Sapra KJ, et al. Early and Total Neonatal Mortality in Relation to Birth Setting in the United States, 2006-2009. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Mar 21. pii: S0002-9378(14)00275-0. […]

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The unspeakable cruelty of lactivists

I have a dear friend who is a breast cancer oncologist. It is hardly unusual for women to cry in her office, but one incident that she shared truly shocked me. When my friend opened the exam room door, her patient was already crying. No, she wasn’t feeling ill. No, her disease was not progressing. […]

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Yes, I’m judging you for choosing homebirth, but not for the reasons you think

Another day, another homebirth narcissist! Johanna Parker at Mommyish treats us to yet another boring, self-absorbed “Look at ME! Look at ME! grab for attention” that homebirth advocates love so dearly. The title is I Know You’re Judging Me For Having A Home Birth. Parker is both right and wrong. She’s right that I’m judging […]

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Cochrane Review: women should get labor epidurals as soon as they want them

The folks at Cochrane Reviews have just crushed a number of the most cherished myths of natural childbirth advocates: Pain during childbirth is arguably the most severe pain some women may experience in their lifetime. Epidural analgesia is an effective form of pain relief during labour… We conclude that for first time mothers in labour […]

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