Preventable deaths are the inevitable result of the radicalization of midwifery

Ideas have consequences. Bad ideas about childbirth have deadly consequences. That’s the take home message from the shuttering of the UK Campaign for Normal Birth. Midwives promoted process (normal birth) ...

Hannah Dahlen and Sheena Byrom think dead babies are “fake news”

Scores of babies died preventable deaths, nearly £2bn was paid out in compensation in the past year alone, and multiple investigations have put the blame squarely on the midwives’ “Campaign ...

Dear Melinda Gates, an open letter on breastfeeding

Dear Ms. Gates, I hope I can take a moment of your time to talk about an issue that it is dear to both our hearts, albeit for different reasons. ...

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What the UK midwifery leadership has in common with Donald Trump: they’re bullies.

Over the last few days British newspapers have been filled with articles ...

Why did the Royal College of Midwives campaign for “normal birth”?

Promoting normal birth is always and only about promoting midwives. Many years ...

Royal College of Midwives forced to shutter Campaign for Normal Birth after countless deaths

It’s tremendous vindication of everything I’ve been writing for years, but tragically ...

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Preventable deaths are the inevitable result of the radicalization of midwifery

Ideas have consequences. Bad ideas about childbirth have deadly consequences. That’s the take home message from the shuttering of the UK Campaign for Normal Birth. Midwives promoted process (normal birth) over outcome (healthy babies and mothers) and, inevitably, babies and mothers died. It wasn’t always this way. There was a time when midwives were guardians […]

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Hannah Dahlen and Sheena Byrom think dead babies are “fake news”

Scores of babies died preventable deaths, nearly £2bn was paid out in compensation in the past year alone, and multiple investigations have put the blame squarely on the midwives’ “Campaign for Normal Birth.” How have midwives responded? Australian midwife Hannah Dahlen made this repugnant claim: For all those UK midwives feeling hammered this week by […]

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Dear Melinda Gates, an open letter on breastfeeding

Dear Ms. Gates, I hope I can take a moment of your time to talk about an issue that it is dear to both our hearts, albeit for different reasons. You’re a mother of three children; I’m a mother of four. You breastfed your children; I breastfed mine. You promote breastfeeding worldwide to improve the […]

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What the UK midwifery leadership has in common with Donald Trump: they’re bullies.

Over the last few days British newspapers have been filled with articles about Royal College of Midwives shuttering their “Campaign for Normal Birth.” One of the best appeared yesterday in the The Guardian. The announcement by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) on Saturday that it will finally abandon its “normal birth” campaign is overdue […]

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Why did the Royal College of Midwives campaign for “normal birth”?

Promoting normal birth is always and only about promoting midwives. Many years ago, when I first heard the phrase “promoting normal birth” I was confused. Why would a healthcare professional be promoting any set of procedures or any particular approach to a health issue? You won’t find any real medical professional who insists that he […]

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Royal College of Midwives forced to shutter Campaign for Normal Birth after countless deaths

It’s tremendous vindication of everything I’ve been writing for years, but tragically it has come too late for countless babies, mothers and families. The Royal College of Midwives has finally, FINALLY, been forced to end its Campaign for Normal Birth in abject failure. Oh, they successfully promoted “normal birth” alright. But they repeatedly sacrificed the […]

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Another baby grievously harmed by homebirth; another mother desperately pretending it’s not her fault

Imagine reading about a baby desperately injured after being ejected through the windshield when her mother’s car was hit. Imagine that the mother had failed to buckle the child into a car seat because she didn’t “believe in them” for short trips like the one she was taking to the grocery store. Now imagine that the […]

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Breastfeeding babies to death

If you want to understand the state of breastfeeding promotion in the US today, there’s no better place to start than the vast gulf between lactivists’ (“Breast Is Best”) fears and nurturists’ (“Fed Is Best”) fears. Lactivists fear that breastfeeding won’t be supported; nurturists fear that babies won’t be supported. There is something very, very […]

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Dear Serena Williams, childbirth will NOT make you a real woman

Dear Ms. Williams, I was shocked to read that you — a feminist icon — have fallen prey to sexism. Speaking about the impending birth of your first child, you told Herald Sun’s Stellar: I am about to be a real woman now, you know? It’s going to be something incredibly impressive to go through. […]

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If you support a woman who lets her baby die, you bear responsibility

This post is for the apologists parachuting in to my blog and Facebook page attempting to excuse their role in a baby’s death. Yesterday I wrote about the Facebook group Ten Month Mamas who cheered a woman as she refused to seek care for an extremely postdates pregnancy, 44 weeks by her reckoning. As complication […]

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