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Australia’s maternity system, led by midwives, faces a birth trauma crisis

I wrote only two weeks ago about the abuse of obstetric patients in the midwife led systems of four countries, Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar, and Nigeria. A study in The Lancet raised the alarm. The abuse was tied to patient age and social standing suggesting that it was a reflection of power relationships. These are all […]

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Lucy Lactivist explains: Big Eyewear has convinced people they are nearsighted

Hi, folks! It’s Lucy Lactivist here. I’m a certified lactation consultant, though I prefer to think of myself as “The Breast Whisperer.” I am so skilled I can help any woman breastfeed … or at least make her feel like its her fault if she can’t. That’s why I created the FFFL Facebook page — […]

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Unethical Swedish researchers shocked that deadly research led to dead babies

According to The Guardian: Sweden has cancelled a major study of women whose pregnancy continued beyond 40 weeks after six babies died. The research was halted a year ago after five stillbirths and one early death in the babies of women allowed to continue their pregnancies into week 43. “Our belief is that it would […]

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Anti-vax — like the Salem Witch Trials — is a form of mass hysteria

Vaccination is one the greatest public health advances of all time. It has saved, and continues to save, literally millions of lives each year, yet many well meaning parents have become convinced that vaccines are harmful and there is no amount of scientific evidence that can convince them otherwise. As Rachel Burke reports in The […]

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Just trust breasts!

Hi. It’s Ima Frawde, CPM. The initials after my name stand for “certified professional mammarist.” I am an expert in normal breasts. I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of the hegemonic, patriarchal, male medical system constantly telling women that their breasts are “broken” and don’t make enough breastmilk. They try […]

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Babies bleed into brains: the result of refusing newborn vitamin K

Bitter grief is often an unselfish motivator: Consider organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, started by parents who suffered the ultimate loss, to ensure that other parents would not have to endure the death of a child. Consider the various laws named after children who were abducted and murdered, championed by parents who wanted to […]

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Attachment parenting may cause autism; here’s how.

It is perhaps the ultimate irony. Advocates of attachment parenting, many of whom reject vaccination because of fear of autism, have failed to recognize that it is attachment parenting itself that causes autism. Consider the ever growing body of evidence: 1. Both autism and attachment parenting have increased dramatically in the past two decades. The […]

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Turning lactivists’ tactics against them

Want to enrage a lactivist? Turn their tactics against them. Lactivists insisting that corporations profit from formula? Point out that lactation professionals make 100% of their income from promoting breastfeeding. Lactivists boasting breastfeeding saves lives? Ask them why they can’t show term babies whose lives have been saved. [pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]This […]

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The breastfeeding profession has fetishized exclusivity and it’s harming babies and mothers

There’s nothing wrong with breastfeeding. There’s a tremendous amount wrong with the lactation profession. How can that be? Aren’t lactation professionals simply promoting breastfeeding? That was probably how it started out, but they quickly became obsessed with exclusivity; that fetish is harming babies and mothers. [pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]There’s one infant feeding […]

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The dirty secret about obstetric violence: midwives are responsible for a lot of it.

The term birthrape didn’t work out so well for the natural childbirth industry. It was in vogue for several years, but generated not the outrage at obstetricians that midwives and doulas were hoping for, but rather revulsion at their appropriation of the suffering of rape victims to publicize their cause. The new term is obstetric […]

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