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Guest post: A daughter’s illness, a mother’s anguish

A long time reader shared this with me and I found it deeply moving. She graciously gave her permission to let me share it with everyone else. If I were a painter I would depict: a child huddled in a hospital bed, burritoed into an oversized raspberry-pink coat, topped by a spray of blonde hair, […]

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Sheena Byrom and the moral bankruptcy of UK midwifery

Once again I have written a blog post about my revulsion at the deadly behavior of UK midwives, and once again a prominent midwife has rushed to demonstrate the truth of my words to the entire world: professional autonomy is more important to midwives than whether babies live or die. It was only 4 days ago […]

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Gwyneth Paltrow, queen of the quacktresses

Apparently, I wasted 8 years in medical training. Four years of medical school and four years of residency were over-kill (pardon the expression). It seems that in 2017 the most important requirement for a medical authority is to be a quacktress. A quacktress is a actress who has monetized her celebrity by giving pseudoscientific medical […]

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Why are we wasting money promoting breastfeeding?

Public health initiatives, by definition, are meant to improve public health. They are usually based on solid scientific evidence, their implementation saves thousands if not millions of lives, and they pay for themselves many times over in lives saved, earnings preserved and medical expenditures averted. Consider the classic public health campaigns to promote vaccination and […]

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Alternative health, Dunning Kruger and the Tuteur Corollary

I’ve spent the last few days wrangling with anti-vaxxers on the Skeptical OB Facebook page. I wasn’t arguing with them since a doctor can no more argue immunology with anti-vaxxers than a mathematician can argue calculus with a four year old. Neither knows enough to come to grips with the actual subject. Most four year […]

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A stunning indictment of UK midwives and their rising death toll

I’ve been writing for years about the fact that UK midwives are running amok promoting “normal birth” and babies are dying. For years, the British media and the British population seemed uninterested, but now the death toll has become so high that even they cannot look away. The Guardian reports in Exclusive: Baby deaths linked […]

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Guest post: Childbirth in France is both baby friendly and mom friendly

A reader shared her childbirth experiences in France with me and I was fascinated. I thought my other readers would be interested, too, and she gave her permission for me to share this, though she prefers to remain anonymous. I live in France, and after having given birth twice here, I thought you may be […]

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Reducing maternal deaths

Earlier in the week I criticized the ProPublica/NPR piece on maternal mortality (What ProPublica didn’t explain and possibly didn’t even know about maternal mortality). Because ProPublica failed to explain changes in reporting of maternal mortality, failed to explain the changing causes , failed to explain the outsize contribution of race and failed to explain the […]

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Despite reports of rising maternal mortality, Consumer Reports is still obsessed with process

One of the most amazing things about writing for this blog is that no sooner do I mention something untoward or dangerous and someone rushes to demonstrate it. Yesterday I wrote about the way that a low index of suspicion for pregnancy complications leads to maternal deaths. Today, Consumer Reports publishes a ham handed piece, Childbirth: […]

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What ProPublica didn’t explain and possibly didn’t even know about maternal mortality

The mainstream press has been buzzing about a joint ProPublica/NPR piece about US maternal mortality. But in crafting the piece to create buzz, they’ve fundamentally misrepresented the problem. It’s starts with the title, The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth. Yes, Lauren Bloomstein was the LAST person you’d expect to die in childbirth […]

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