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More comedy gold from Sarah Pope, The Healthy Home Economist

I admit I was wrong. I thought Sarah Pope, whose nom de quack is The Healthy Home Economist, had reached the apogee of idiocy with her advice to lie to your child’s pediatrician about raw milk. But Pope has now outdone her previous efforts in her new piece Toxic Effects of Water Birth on Mom […]

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Guest post: When breast isn’t best

Freda McFadden is the co-author of Baby City, a book detailing the life of a resident working on Labor and Delivery in a busy hospital. Dr. Amy provided her advice on a difficult homebirth scene in this novel, and in her honor, 25% of profits will go to the Fistula Foundation. That’s right, I said […]

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Why Modern Alternative Mama Katie Tietje is dangerous

Katie Tietje, Modern Alternative Mama, is whining again in a post entitled Why The “Science” Critics are Dangerous. You might be confused into thinking that Tietje is lamenting critics of science, but her helpful use of scare quotes around “Science” signals that she is whining about people who use science to criticize her. She places […]

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Our unwitting surrender to sexism enshrined in a single word: Mama

More than two decades ago, when my children were small and I was a working mother, I read an article on how would we know that true gender equality had arrived. You would know when you received a call at your workplace from your husband who said this: “Honey, I just wanted to let you […]

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If you give an anti-vaxxer an admonition

With apologies to Laura Joffe Numeroff.   If you give an anti-vaxxer an admonition (to vaccinate) She’s going to ask for a reason. When you tell her it will prevent disease She’ll insist that disease was disappearing before the advent of the vaccine. When you show her how many deaths have been prevented She’ll declare […]

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Vote YES on SB277: if anti-vaxxers are allowed to avoid vaccines, the rest of us should be allowed to avoid anti-vaxxers

Anti-vaxxers, help me out here. There’s something I don’t understand. You have been aggressively campaigning against California Senate Bill 277 introduced in the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak. SB277 would do away with personal vaccine exemptions, meaning that all children would be required to be fully vaccinated in order to go to public or […]

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For Mother’s Day: let’s be more MOM-passionate, less MOM-petitive

On this Mother’s Day, I have a wish for mothers: I wish for a society that is more MOM-passionate and less MOM-petitive. Mothering is a difficult job involving just about every physical and emotional resource a woman can call upon. From the physical pain of childbirth to the emotional pain of leaving a child at […]

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Everything wrong with the American enchantment with “natural” in one simple image

A picture is worth a thousand words. People (myself included) have devoted tens of thousands of words to debunking the American love affair with the naturalistic fallacy, but none of us has come close to the unwitting brilliance Briana Santoro* of The Naked Label. Using a quote from Diane Sanfilippo, Santoro created an image that […]

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Both natural parenting and religious fundamentalism reflect fear of women’s emancipation

Arguably the greatest civil rights achievement of the 20th Century was the emancipation of women. For all of human existence, women had been relegated to secondary, nearly subservient, status. For the first time ever, some women in some societies were able to take their place alongside men, finally achieving political, intellectual and legal equality. I […]

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It’s time for a new paradigm: the materna-centered model of care

The 20th Century was a golden age for maternity care. With the advent of modern obstetrics, childbirth went from a routinely deadly event to a rarely deadly advent. A myriad of interventions, from antibiotics to blood banking, from safer anethestia to safer C-sections, from neonatal ventilators to surfactant led to a 99% drop in maternal […]

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