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Attendant crowd sourcing another homebirth disaster in progress

When will these midwives and doulas learn that the response to a stalled labor is NOT to ask your Facebook friends? The correct response is to TAKE THE PATIENT TO THE HOSPITAL! I’ve been alerted to another potential homebirth disaster in progress posted on the Birth Professionals International Facebook page. Apparently this mother has been […]

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How babies’ brains get injured during childbirth

Childbirth is inherently dangerous for babies. Why? During labor contractions, blood flow to the uterus (and therefore the placenta and baby) is cut off. During each contraction, the baby is, in essence, holding its breath. Most babies tolerate this pretty well, because between contractions the placenta is providing so much oxygen that the baby has […]

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The anthem of homebirth midwives

With apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein. Sung to the tune of the South Pacific classic “You’ve Got to Be Taught”: You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear, You’ve got to be taught From year to year, It’s got to be drummed In your dear little ear You’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve […]

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A tale of two midwives

A new guest post from the “Medwife“: The case A 42 year old mother of one presents in the first trimester of her pregnancy to begin prenatal care. Her first pregnancy was uncomplicated at 26 years old with a spontaneous vaginal delivery of a 7ib 4 oz infant in a rural community hospital at 41.6 […]

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Homebirth standards? CNMs don’t need no stinkin’ homebirth standards!

A little more than a week ago I pondered why the American College of Nurse Midwives has thrown ethics to the wind by supporting waterbirth although it has been shown to be deadly. It is one example of the way in which CNMs value their professional autonomy over scientific evidence. Now comes another in, of […]

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Whose fault is it that homebirth is not safe?

Imagine if smokers blamed cancer and emphysema deaths on pulmonologists. If only those lung doctors would invent a safer tobacco cigarette many fewer people would die of lung cancer, right? Imagine if vaccine rejectionists blamed the pertussis deaths in children who are unvaccinated on pediatricians who won’t treat unvaccinated patients. If only the parents could […]

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I believe your baby Thor died because of you

American homebirth advocacy is filled with mistruths, half truths and outright lies. The biggest lie, of course, is that homebirth is safe. It’s not. American homebirth has a death rate 2-9X higher than comparable risk hospital birth, depending on attendant. The second biggest lie is that homebirth advocates take responsibility for their decisions. Yes, they […]

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Beware Big Birth!

It’s often an “aha” moment for women when they realize that birth is an industry. I’m not talking about hospital birth. While that, too, is a money making proposition, no obstetrician is afraid of running out of patients. For better or worse, pregnant women need obstetricians, will always need obstetricians, and obstetricians have no need […]

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Lie, deny, decry, defy: the indisputable signs that natural childbirth is quackery

Rory Coker, professor of physics and University of Texas Austin, has written a very informative article for the website Quackwatch. The article, Distinguishing Science from Pseudoscience, was not written with the philosophy of natural childbirth in mind, but the criteria he describes make it quite clear that natural childbirth in general and homebirth midwifery in […]

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The Dr. Amy paradox

I have a riddle for you. What would I get if I added the following? Nuance + Compassion + Dr. Amy = Give up? I would get IGNORED. That’s the real answer to the riddle posed by Kristin of Birthing Beautiful Ideas. Kristen ponders: That’s right. Sometimes, I agree with Dr. Amy. But I rarely […]

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