Natural childbirth, breastfeeding and the narcissistic fallacy

Most people are aware that natural childbirth and lactivism are based on the naturalistic fallacy. I’d like to propose an new logical fallacy that also animates them, the narcissistic fallacy. ...

UK midwives’ deadly contempt for obstetricians

I recently came across a slide from a UK healthcare conference that offered a truly horrifying fact: The UK National Health Service is now spending more on maternity negligence claims ...

Has breastfeeding promotion led to a dramatic rise in babies dying in their sleep?

The headlines are chilling: Dramatic’ rise in babies dying in their sleep: Harvard study warns safe-sleep guidelines have done nothing to reduce infant deaths in 25 years. Sudden deaths in ...

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UK midwives promoting new deadly lie in an effort to maintain market share

The deadly UK midwifery Campaign for Normal Birth has been thoroughly discredited ...

Prominent midwife exploits colleague’s death

I’ve written a great deal about midwives’ reflexive demonization of C-sections, but ...

What the “science” of eugenics and the “science” of breastfeeding have in common

Yesterday I wrote about the way in which bullying can masquerade as ...

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Natural childbirth, breastfeeding and the narcissistic fallacy

Most people are aware that natural childbirth and lactivism are based on the naturalistic fallacy. I’d like to propose an new logical fallacy that also animates them, the narcissistic fallacy. The naturalistic fallacy, also known as the is/ought fallacy, assumes that because something is a certain way, it ought to be that way. If all […]

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UK midwives’ deadly contempt for obstetricians

I recently came across a slide from a UK healthcare conference that offered a truly horrifying fact: The UK National Health Service is now spending more on maternity negligence claims than on maternity care! It’s hard to imagine a greater indictment of UK midwife led maternity care. If you want to understand why this tragic […]

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Has breastfeeding promotion led to a dramatic rise in babies dying in their sleep?

The headlines are chilling: Dramatic’ rise in babies dying in their sleep: Harvard study warns safe-sleep guidelines have done nothing to reduce infant deaths in 25 years. Sudden deaths in newborns have not fallen in the last 25 years despite safe sleep guidelines, according to new research. In fact, the rate of babies dying from […]

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UK midwives promoting new deadly lie in an effort to maintain market share

The deadly UK midwifery Campaign for Normal Birth has been thoroughly discredited by harrowing reports of dozens of perinatal and maternal deaths, nearly £2 bn in liability payments, and the shocking admission that the UK is paying more to support the babies injured by maternity providers than to actually provide care. In response to the […]

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Prominent midwife exploits colleague’s death

I’ve written a great deal about midwives’ reflexive demonization of C-sections, but even I didn’t think they’d stoop to this. Ginger Breedlove, CNM, former President of the American College of Nurse Midwives, and current Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at Baby+Company, a birth center consortium, posted this tweet on Feb. 9. We lost a […]

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What the “science” of eugenics and the “science” of breastfeeding have in common

Yesterday I wrote about the way in which bullying can masquerade as science. I used the example of the now discredited “science” of eugenics to draw parallels with the contemporary “science” of natural mothering. Today I’d like to draw several more parallels between eugenics and contemporary breastfeeding research. 1. Both reflect moral panic. A moral […]

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Bullying as science; a cautionary tale

Its leaders have always felt that they are using science to improve society. Nature is a brilliant arbiter in ordering the natural world and can rarely be improved upon. It should, however, be supported by policies that give deference to the natural. Defenders claims that it’s not matter of ideology. Countless studies have shown the […]

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Save money on care for newborns in opioid withdrawal by forcing their addict mothers to provide it!

Pardon my profanity, but what the fuck is wrong with people? That was my thought when I read a paper published yesterday in JAMA Pediatrics. The paper is Association of Rooming-in With Outcomes for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis by MacMillan et al. In this systematic review and meta-analysis of 6 studies […]

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Midwives horrified to find 39 week inductions reduce C-sections and improve outcomes

Midwives are panicking over a new study. According to the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, where the data was presented last week: In a study with more than 6,100 pregnant women across the country, researchers randomly assigned half of the women to an expectant management group (waiting for labor to begin on its own and intervening […]

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Lactivist Prof. Amy Brown tries to euphemize lactivist bullying

In a brilliant deduction, lactivist Prof. Amy Brown has come to the amazing conclusion that women who are bullied by lactivists are harmed by the bullying. There’s a simple solution to the problem: lactivists could stop using lies about breastfeeding — specifically the claim that insufficient breastmilk is rare and the massively exaggerated claims of […]

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