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Is choosing C-section the easy way out … or the hard way?

Ideological consistency has never been a hallmark of the natural childbirth movement, (childbirth is painful/no, it’s orgasmic; I didn’t need any pain relief/I couldn’t have done it without the birth pool; I am a warrior birth goddess who can withstand any amount of pain/I can’t bear to have a heplock), but it often seems that […]

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Why Cochrane Childbirth Reviews are often worse than useless

According to Peggy O’Mara, Editor of Mothering.com: One source that does not have a conflict of interest is the Cochrane Collaboration, internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence-based healthcare reviews. When Cochrane compared the midwifery model of care to other models of maternity care, they concluded “that most women should be offered midwife-led continuity […]

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An industry devoted to demonizing C-sections

Slate has published a terrific piece about C-sections written by Dr. Chavi Eve Karkowsky entitled Sorry You Were Tricked Into A C-section; What disapproving friends don’t understand about cesarean births. Dr. Karkowsky perfectly captures the disdain and pity faced by women who have undergone a C-section: You’d think any woman who has recently had major […]

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Publicizing a crappy paper about c-sections and epigenetics is irresponsible

I was at a conference this past weekend where a famous astrophysicist explained that being a practicing scientist means constantly trying to figure out how your own claims are wrong. It is easy, all too easy, to look at some data, draw a conclusion and stop there. But science demands that we look at all […]

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Homebirth, like climbing trees … with a baby in your arms

I guess it’s progress of a sort. As the evidence mounts that homebirth kills babies who didn’t have to die, advocates are switching gears from denying the increased risk of perinatal death to rationalizing it. The latest effort, greeted rapturously in the homebirth community, is Climbing Trees by obstetrician Alison Barrett. was one of those […]

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Your child is not his disability!

This blog affords me a bully pulpit and today I’d like to use to focus on an issue close to my heart. As a mother of two children with disabilities, I was spitting mad when I read the Facebook post above.I have some advice for Gina Crosley-Corcoran, who wrote it: STOP IT!! Your children do […]

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Doula Dani’s letter to the VBACFacts Community

This is a guest post from Doula Dani who asked me for an opportunity to explain some of the history that led up to the purge of the VBACFacts Community. Hi, I’m Danielle Repp. Online I go by “Doula Dani.” Jen Kamel likes to refer to me as “Robin.” I am sure you are wondering […]

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The Feminist Breeder’s been punk’d

Your laugh for the day. I’m touched that someone spent $30 (non-refundable) to reserve a place for me! Should I go?

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Jen Kamel, your purge of VBACFacts Community is doomed to failure

Poor Jen Kamel, her credibility and her income are threatened by the truth, so not only must the truth be deleted, but the VBACFacts Community must be purged of anyone who is not ideologically pure. Unfortunately for Jen, and fortunately for babies and for women who appreciate the truth, her purge is doomed to failure. […]

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Dr. Amy, Birth Goddess™

I’ve been resisting for years, but I must acknowledge that the conclusion is inescapable. I know that I have written repeatedly that it doesn’t matter how you give birth, but spending so much time reading and arguing with birth activists, I feel myself coming around to their way of thinking. It’s undeniable; I am a […]

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