The Supreme Court is Making Hypocrisy Great Again!

In the wake of a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that seeks to eviscerate abortion rights, it’s worth asking: Is there anything more hypocritical than a reactionary Republican ...

Do Kegel exercises work? It depends.

Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor are widely recommended as a panacea as well as a preventive for female pelvic organ prolapse and or incontinence. What are kegel exercises? ...

Uterine Prolapse: How It Happens & What It Causes.

FullSizeRender We need to speak more honestly about the risks of childbirth. Vaginal birth can lead to a lifetime of serious, embarrassing and life altering problems. Uterine prolapse, with or ...

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The REAL reason why breastfeeding hurts

Despite ubiquitous recommendations to breastfeed and notwithstanding sincere intention to breastfeed, women ...

The Faustian bargain between UK midwives and the NHS

Today comes news that Sheffield maternity services have been rated as inadequate. ...

Midwife Caroline Flint, avatar of the UK cult of normal birth

UK midwifery is a cult. Don’t believe me? Consider Caroline Flint, former ...

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Lactivists and the Fatal Sleep Five

Why do breastfeeding advocates continue to put their precious babies’ lives at risk by bed-sharing? Why do they ignore the fact that 9 out of 10 SIDS deaths could be prevented if bed-sharing were eliminated? Why do they dismiss the scientific data and the exhortations of pediatricians in favor of anthropology nonsense like “The Safe […]

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The Supreme Court is Making Hypocrisy Great Again!

In the wake of a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that seeks to eviscerate abortion rights, it’s worth asking: Is there anything more hypocritical than a reactionary Republican Party — that revels in cruelty and violence against its perceived enemies — claiming that their opposition to abortion rights stems from a respect for […]

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Do Kegel exercises work? It depends.

Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor are widely recommended as a panacea as well as a preventive for female pelvic organ prolapse and or incontinence. What are kegel exercises? They are basically just repeated clenching of the muscles of the pelvic floor (the same muscles you use to stop the flow of urine in […]

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The uterus isn’t the only pelvic organ that can prolapse

Yesterday I wrote about uterine prolapse. When the muscles of the pelvic floor are are stretched or torn by childbirth, the uterus can slip down into the vagina. This can distort the relationship between the sphincter that controls release of urine from the bladder into the urethra leading to stress urinary incontinence. But the uterus […]

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Uterine Prolapse: How It Happens & What It Causes.

FullSizeRender We need to speak more honestly about the risks of childbirth. Vaginal birth can lead to a lifetime of serious, embarrassing and life altering problems. Uterine prolapse, with or without incontinence, is an entirely natural consequence of an entirely natural vaginal birth. What is uterine prolapse? As the animation above demonstrates, uterine prolapse is […]

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The REAL reason why breastfeeding hurts

Despite ubiquitous recommendations to breastfeed and notwithstanding sincere intention to breastfeed, women often quit for two common reasons: not enough breastmilk and too much pain while breastfeeding. For decades we’ve done nothing about either problem for the simple reason that lactation professionals have engaged in a massive campaign of denial. The most cherished article of […]

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The Faustian bargain between UK midwives and the NHS

Today comes news that Sheffield maternity services have been rated as inadequate. This follows on the heels of the Ockenden Report that revealed the preventable deaths of hundreds of babies, and comes nearly seven years after the Morecambe Bay Report about the preventable deaths of babies and mothers. How did this happen? The proximate cause […]

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Midwife Caroline Flint, avatar of the UK cult of normal birth

UK midwifery is a cult. Don’t believe me? Consider Caroline Flint, former President of the Royal College of Midwives, previously found guilty of serious professional misconduct. A FORMER president of the Royal College of Midwives was found guilty of serious professional misconduct yesterday after she mishandled the delivery of a breech birth which left the […]

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When UK midwives pose as guardians of normal birth, babies die

UK midwives love to claim they are the “guardians of normal birth.” Type “guardians of normal birth” into Google and you get page after page of midwives declaring their commitment to a specific vision of birth. I’m not sure why they boast because it’s actually an unwitting indictment of the moral rot at the heart […]

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If you want to understand what went wrong with UK midwifery, read what midwives have written

Ideas have consequences. Bad ideas about childbirth have deadly consequences. If you want to understand what went wrong with UK midwifery, read what midwives have written and said: 1. Royal College of Midwives (2006): “Louise Silverton, the RCM’s deputy general secretary, said it was the responsibility of midwives to encourage women to have a more […]

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