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I’m in Facebook jail for stating a scientific fact

Far be it from me to bewail the power of social media and tech. It is social media and tech — first the platform Blogger, then my own website, as well Facebook and Twitter — that has brought my concerns about the dangers of homebirth, natural childbirth, breastfeeding and anti-vax to such a wide audience. […]

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Fellow physicians, why are we letting the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative harm our patients?

No one truly knows how hard a doctor works on behalf of patients than another doctor. I understand how obstetricians struggle to make the right decision on when and how to deliver a baby to maximize the health of both infant and mother. I know what it’s like to confront at a worrisome fetal monitor […]

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Rape, birth rape and the limitless hypocrisy of natural mothering advocates

Behold birth rape! According to HuffPo UK: Birth rape, they call it … Rape is really to do with having your body disrespected, contorted against your wishes, without your consent. The way the medical establishment sees it is, when you’re on the hospital bed, you have already given consent. Some men say the same thing […]

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Human beings are perfectly designed to choke

Pandemonium has broken out on my Facebook page because I dared to point out that rape is both natural and evolutionarily successful in some settings. Natural childbirth advocates and lactivists are so blinded by their kindergarten level view of evolution — everything natural must be good — that they are reeling in indignation. The responses […]

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Unmedicated vaginal birth and breastfeeding are natural. So is rape.

“It’s natural.” That’s often the beginning and the end of many arguments about the relative merits of C-sections and epidurals vs. unmedicated vaginal birth. It’s also supposed to be the beginning and the end of any argument about the relative merits of breastfeeding vs. formula. The declaration “it’s natural” is presumed to have cricital advantages […]

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The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine values breastfeeding more than whether babies live or die.

Can you imagine the American College of Obstetrician-Gynecologists insisting that they must support the practice of routine episiotomies — even though they harm women — because obstetricians like them? I can’t. That would be deeply unethical. Can you imagine the The American Academy of Otolaryngology insisting that they must support the practice of routine tonsillectomies […]

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(Nearly) everything wrong with the Baby Friendly Hospital Initative explained in one paper

When you spell it out, it sounds appalling. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, designed to promote breastfeeding, is very unfriendly to mothers, dangerous to babies, and ignores the scientific evidence. Why then has it become so popular? A new philosophy paper, Understanding the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative: A Multi-disciplinary Analysis, attempts to answer this question. The […]

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Natural mothering makes women agents of their own subjugation

The best selling non-fiction book of 1974 was Maribel Morgan’s Total Woman. The Total Woman is a self-help book for married women by Marabel Morgan published in 1973… Overall, it sold more than ten million copies… [I]t taught that “A Total Woman caters to her man’s special quirks, whether it be in salads, sex or […]

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Postpartum depression is a psychiatric illness, not a marketing opportunity for natural childbirth advocates

To a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To a natural childbirth advocate, everything looks like an opportunity to push her agenda. It was ugly when natural childbirth advocates expropriated the tragedy of maternal mortality among women of color — a tragedy largely rooted in socio-economic conditions — to claim, falsely, that these deaths reflect […]

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Anti-vax is the ultimate urban legend

In the 21st Century United States we speak disparagingly of superstition. Superstition is supposedly a feature of backward, indigenous cultures, not our culture. According to Wikipedia: Superstition is a pejorative term for any belief or practice that is considered irrational or supernatural: for example, if it arises from ignorance, a misunderstanding of science or causality, […]

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