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Is promoting unmedicated vaginal birth unethical?

Years ago when I first read the phrase “promoting normal birth” I was confused. Why would a healthcare professional be promoting any set of procedures or any particular approach to a health issue? I thought it was the job of health professionals to promote safety. It is unethical for a medical professional to promotes one […]

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What’s the main difference between Dr. Amy and The Alpha Parent

Allison Dixley, self proclaimed “Alpha Parent,” is in a snit. Several women have dared to write books about new motherhood that attempt to soothe the hysteria over breastfeeding. Apparently these writers point out that in first world countries the benefits of breastfeeding are small, many women find breastfeeding painful and difficult, and not all babies […]

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The Alpha Parent is caught lying

I’m sure you will be shocked, shocked to learn that The Alpha Parent has been caught lying. Who would have thought that Allison Dixley, Kommandant of the Breastapo, would lie outright in her efforts to promote her personal brand of parenting? Sure she habitually spews mistruths, half truths and lies about breastfeeding. I guess she’s […]

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Awesome! Dutch midwives kill just as many babies in the hospital as at home!

Talk about making lemonade out of lemons! Only a Dutch midwife could take the fact that the Netherlands has one of the highest perinatal mortality rates in Western Europe and the fact Dutch midwives caring for low risk women (home or hospital) have a higher perinatal death rate than Dutch obstetricians caring for HIGH risk […]

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Homebirth advocate Milli Hill has a pathetic need for validation

I could almost feel sorry for homebirth advocates. Their need for validation is so desperate, so pathetic, that they view other women’s birth choices through the prism of their own need. Blogger Milli Hill is a perfect example. You may remember Hill as the fool who made this ridiculous statement: If you believe everything you […]

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People who have heart attacks die in the hospital, too

Hi, folks, Ima Frawde, CHC (certified home cardiologist) here to explain how to care for your heart at home. It’s time for people to take back the care of their hearts from the cardiology industry and treat hearts as the natural organs that they are. Consider: Animals don’t use cardiologists. Animals have existed for tens […]

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I chose homebirth and now a disaster has occurred. Rescue me!

There’s a paradox at the heart of homebirth advocacy. It depends entirely on the deeply held belief that no matter how poor the prenatal care, how stupid and incompetent the midwife, and how dangerous the unanticipated complication, the obstetricians at the local hospital will be able to save the baby’s life and the mother’s life. […]

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Is the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative really the Baby Deadly Hospital Initiative?

It’s the biggest oxymoron in contemporary patient care. And now comes word that it may actually be killing babies. What is it? It’s the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). I’ve written about it before. There is nothing baby friendly about efforts to promote breastfeeding to the exclusion of a mother and baby’s actual needs. There […]

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Mother blame 2014: epigenetics edition

It’s seems its always the mother’s fault. There is a long and storied history of mother blame extending back millennia. Women who couldn’t conceive were labeled “barren” even though infertility is caused by male factors 20% of the time. Women who had only daughters and no sons were blamed for the sex of their children, […]

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Managing the birthing body: how privileged women have made childbirth a project

Yesterday I wrote about privilege and breastfeeding, incorporating insights from the chapter Managing the Lactating Body: The Breastfeeding Project in the Age of Anxiety by Orit Avishai. I suspect that I am not the only one who was struck by the parallels between the breastfeeding project and birth birthing project so dear to the hearts […]

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