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What the National Rifle Association has in common with homebirth midwifery

Another day, another senseless gun tragedy: She had just put her 9-month-old down for a nap, turned on cartoons for the older kids and was headed for the dishwasher when she heard a strange “pop” come from the bedroom of the Missouri home. Alexis Wiederholt, 26, said that as she rushed to investigate the noise, […]

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Does homebirth midwifery have more than its share of sociopaths?

I’ve been writing about homebirth for nearly two decades, so you’d think that I’d be used to not merely the appalling stories of neonatal and maternal death, but also the bizarre behavior of homebirth midwives in response to those deaths. But I still am startled every time I encounter another homebirth midwife (or physician) who, […]

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Deleted from Birth Pages, a new Facebook group

The world of natural childbirth is remarkably totalitarian. It is filled with websites, blogs and Facebook pages that enforce ideological conformity by deleting dissenting comments and banning anyone who does not agree with the claims of natural childbirth advocates. I’ve created a new Facebook group, Deleted from Birth Pages to serve as both a repository […]

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Katie Jenkins McCall, poster-child for the brutal callousness of homebirth midwives

I’ve written often about the fact that homebirth midwives, CPMs (certified professional midwives), aren’t really midwives, just laypeople who awarded themselves a made up credential because they couldn’t be bothered to get a real midwifery degree. They lack the education and training of ALL other midwives in the industrialized world and would not be eligible […]

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The Childbirth Connection report, like the movie Microbirth and The Alpha Parent’s book, is a spectacular scientific flop!

The new Childbirth Connection report, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing, like so much that is produced by the natural childbirth industry, is a spectacular scientific flop. Real science is reviewed, evaluated, discussed and argued about in scientific journals, at scientific conferences, and by professional organizations. Dr. Sarah (“our culture’s discontent come[s] from the traumatic loss of […]

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The wacky world of Dr. Sarah Buckley, author of the Childbirth Connection report

Yesterday afternoon, The Childbirth Connection hosted a Twitter conversation with Dr. Sarah Buckley, the author of its new report destined to become a pseudo-knowledge classic, Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing. I tried to ask Dr. Buckley a question. The hormonal physiology of childbirth has yet to be elucidated. We don’t know why some women go into […]

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Getting your information on birth from The Childbirth Connection is like getting your information on solar power from Big Oil

Can you say “conflict of interest”? That’s the heart of the latest public relations effort by The Childbirth Connection, the leading lobbying organization of the natural childbirth industry. The New York Times’ Motherlode blog notes, New Report Urges Less Intervention in Births. But getting your information on birth from The Childbirth Connection is like getting […]

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What The Feminist Breeder and the Quiverfull movement have in common

Yesterday I joked about Gina Crosly-Corcoran, The Feminist Breeder, and her sancti-question (The Feminist Breeder is so not judging you for failing to breastfeed). What’s a sancti-question? It’s sanctimoniousness disguised as puzzlement, e.g. I simply can’t understand why other women can’t be bothered to be as awesome as me. Gina offered a classic of the […]

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The Feminist Breeder is so not judging you for failing to breastfeed

Gina Crosly-Corcoran is confused: I am brave (foolish) enough to admit that while I totally and completely support any woman’s right and choice to feed her babies however she needs to, I still, deep down in a place I don’t like to admit, don’t really “get” it when a woman chooses, without any medical or […]

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Just because she crashed and died while drunk doesn’t mean that drunk driving killed her

Hi, folks! Jack Daniels here, spokesperson for CPRDD, the Committee to Promote Responsible Drunk Driving. I’m sure you’ve seen newspaper accounts of horrific crashes that happened after someone drove drunk, but I’m here to tell you that just because a person died or killed someone else while driving drunk, does NOT mean that drunk driving […]

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