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Is the world of homebirth just middle school writ large?

What would the world of homebirth look like if it were nothing more than middle school writ large? It would look an awful lot like the world of homebirth looks today. Homebirth, like middle school is dominated by Queen Bees, based on exhibitionism and risky behavior, and ruled through enforced conformity, emotional manipulation, shunning, and […]

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An insider’s chilling view of homebirth midwifery

A guest post from a registered nurse (RN): I used to be an assistant to a lay midwife who delivered babies in her own home. I was so ignorant, and I didn’t KNOW I was ignorant! The midwife didn’t recognize her ignorance either. I really had no idea of the difference in education between CNM, […]

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UK midwives treat a loss father with contempt

I am humbled by the profound love that James Titcombe has shown for his son Joshua. James and his wife Hoa lost their son to midwifery incompetence (Joshua’s easily preventable, tragic hospital birth death). According to an National Health Service investigation quoted by The Independent: Joshua died in November 2008, nine days after being born […]

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What do birth bloggers and cockroaches have in common?

When my husband and I were first married, we didn’t have much money, and, therefore, didn’t have a lot of choices in housing. Our apartment, while conveniently located, had certain problems including a cockroach infestation. Every morning when we turned on the light in the windowless kitchen, dozens of cockroaches would scurry out of the […]

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Rebecca Dekker’s “Evidence Based Birth”: you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

One of the favorite memes of advocates is that natural childbirth is “evidence based,” while obstetricians ignore scientific evidence. Childbirth blog, websites and message boards slap “evidence based” over whatever nonsense they dream up, and figure that the gullible public will look no further. A good rule of thumb for anyone researching childbirth is this: […]

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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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