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I’m a feminist and you are too!

I admit it; I find myself mystified by much of the public debate about feminism. I suppose that’s because I have learned to judge people by what they do, not what they say. So you (female or male) can claim that you are not feminist, whine, stamp your feet, roll your eyes, vote in a […]

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Nearly all studies on the benefits of breastfeeding are meaningless

Nearly all studies on the purported benefits of breastfeeding are meaningless. Why? Because the choice of the comparison groups is beset by a crippling flaw. Nearly all breastfeeding studies compare two groups of infants, those that have been exclusively breastfed and those that have not. The researchers inevitably fail to include an important group: those […]

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Latest homebirth harvest of death

Regular readers may have noticed that I haven’t provided an update of homebirth deaths since late April (Welcome to another edition of homebirth death watch). It’s not because there haven’t been any deaths or disasters. I’ve been informed about quite a few. It’s because even I’m finding it depressing to reel off a never ending […]

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Horrified lactivists find giving others control over infant feeding decisions isn’t such a great idea after all

Oh, the irony! Lactivists are outraged that an Australian judge has banned a mother from breastfeeding because of the theoretical risk to the baby of a mother’s recent tattoo. According to ABC Australia: A judge has banned a mother from breastfeeding because she got a tattoo, ruling the woman’s decision to get it four weeks […]

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Oops! Dr. Bob Sears unwittingly acknowledges that vaccine preventable diseases pose a deadly threat to unvaccinated children

They say that a gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. If that’s the case then anti-vax charlatan Dr. Bob Sears has committed the ultimate anti-vax gaffe. He unwittingly acknowledged that unvaccinated children are exquisitely vulnerable to vaccine preventable diseases. Join me in Mission Viejo tomorrow night for a town hall meeting on […]

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Dr. Bob Sears serves his typical anti-vaccine effluvium, seasoned with self-pity and accompanied by a side of anti-Semitism

Update: Please sign the petition asking Dr. Bob Sears to withdraw his odious comparison. Dr. Bob Sears is a jerk. That’s not news. What’s news is he’s now serving his typical anti-vaccine effluvium, seasoned with self-pity and accompanied by a side of Jew baiting. From his Facebook page: The effluvium: So, I’ve been getting a […]

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Women can’t reclaim their agency from doctors by giving it to midwives and lactation consultants

Where did the natural childbirth and lactivism industries go so wrong? Why do I receive emails and Facebook messages from desperate women nearly every day detailing their guilt, self-abnegation and torment over “failing” to give birth vaginally or to breastfeed? Why, when I talk about my forthcoming book with friends and acquaintances, do women years […]

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Everything wrong with contemporary midwifery encapsulated in a single slide

Here we have everything wrong with contemporary midwifery in a single slide: Focussing on risk is one of the ways we close down the life-affirming glory of birth The slide was presented today at the Normal Labour & Birth: 10th Research Conference. You might think that the recent revelations about dozens of preventable deaths at […]

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But breastfeeding has to be superior … otherwise I’m not superior

Professor Charlotte Faircloth has written a simple, tightly argued piece cautioning us not to moralize infant feeding, and lactivists have become unhinged. Faircloth merely states the obvious in Breastfeeding doesn’t determine a child’s future, so we should stop pretending like it does: …[T]he assumption that how a woman feeds her baby in the early months […]

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British midwifery has degenerated into a cult

With the publication of the recent report of obstetric liability payouts, the transformation has been completed. British midwifery has become a cult. How many babies have to die before British midwives recognize that their veneration of “normal birth” is a mistake? Apparently there is no number of dead babies high enough to force a change. […]

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