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Skeptics take note: natural childbirth is the gateway to woo

Why don’t skeptics confront childbirth woo? The same people who vociferously defend the efficacy and safety of vaccines, who fight against climate deniers, who battle valiantly against creationists, generally give childbirth pseudoscience a big, fat pass. Google the words skeptic and vaccines and you’ll find tens of thousands of sites and articles. Google skeptic and […]

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Through ignorance and ideology lactivists hurt women and babies

The stories about your experiences with natural parenting and guilt have started arriving in my inbox and they are by turns amazing and distressing and often both. One story struck me so profoundly that I asked permission of the author, Adrienne, to share it with you. It is an object less in how lactivists in […]

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The most important gift a mother can give her children is loving them for who they are, not how they make her feel about herself

I’ve speculated before on the unique challenges facing contemporary advocates of natural parenting. When your identity revolves around parenting choices for babies and small children, what happens when those children grow up, and, inevitably, away from their mothers? Choices like unassisted birth aren’t parenting choices; they’re parental identity choices. Unassisted birth doesn’t benefit babies. Indeed […]

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New UK homebirth guidelines: midwives win, babies lose

If only babies could vote, the world would be a very different place. Babies can’t vote, nor can they agitate for political goals; midwives and politicians can. Hence the otherwise inexplicable decision to change the UK homebirth guidelines to promote the economic well being of midwives and the National Health Service (NHS) ahead of babies […]

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Mothers, fathers, midwives and doctors: please share your experiences with natural parenting and guilt

It’s no secret that I think the commentors on The Skeptical OB are the best, brightest, wittiest and most insightful on the internet. That’s why I’d like to make you part of my forthcoming book Guilt Trap: New Motherhood and the Natural Parenting Industry to be published by the Dey Street imprint of Harper Collins […]

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My birth flight plan

Hi, folks! Ima Frawde here. Today I’m sharing the birth flight plan I use whenever I fly from my home at The Firm to various venues across the country where I share my wisdom with the masses. Feel free to customize the plan to meet your specific flight needs. Here it is: I am looking […]

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Is The Alpha Parent Allison Dixley being shunned by professional lactivists?

On Friday I wrote about the breathtaking, unrelenting viciousness of Alpha Parent Allison Dixley’s new book Breast Intentions. True to form, Dixley doubles down on her own blog with today’s post, The Formula Feeder Doth Protest Too Much. She starts off with the conceit of narcissists everywhere: if you aren’t cheering what she likes, you […]

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The breathtaking, unrelenting viciousness of Alpha Parent Allison Dixley’s book Breast Intentions

You don’t have to be Freud to recognize that someone who dubs herself The Alpha Parent, and doesn’t have her tongue firmly implanted in her cheek, has self-esteem issues. And we’re all quite familiar with the sanctimoniousness of lactivists. But even I have to admit to surprise at the brutal, toxic and abusive nature of […]

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The antediluvian sexism of the lactivist movement

Lactivism, like all natural parenting, suffers from three serious flaws: 1. It perverts the scientific evidence to support pre-approved conclusions 2. It is an industry that relentlessly markets its own services 3. It is deeply sexist and retrograde Don’t believe me? Consider this latest attempt by lactivists to move the goal posts, appearing in the […]

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Early results from the “bribe a woman to breastfeed” trial

I first wrote about the “bribe a woman to breastfeed” trial a year ago. Bribing women will create a culture where breastfeeding will be seen as the norm? Earth to lactivists: if you have to bribe someone to do it, you are sending the exact OPPOSITE message. You are sending the message that it is […]

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