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Natural childbirth advocates wrong again: C-section and induction rates have nothing to do with quality

Natural childbirth advocates are obsessed with unmedicated vaginal birth with no interventions of any kind. That’s because they value process over outcome. How a baby is born is apparently more important than whether it is born dead or alive, healthy or brain injured. Unfortunately, the natural childbirth obsession with process at the expense of outcome […]

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Why do so many babies die at American homebirth?

The increased risk of death and serious injury at American homebirth is well established and a remarkably robust finding across multiple studies, including: Grünebaum A, McCullough LB, Sapra KJ, et al. Early and Total Neonatal Mortality in Relation to Birth Setting in the United States, 2006-2009. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Mar 21. pii: S0002-9378(14)00275-0. […]

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The unspeakable cruelty of lactivists

I have a dear friend who is a breast cancer oncologist. It is hardly unusual for women to cry in her office, but one incident that she shared truly shocked me. When my friend opened the exam room door, her patient was already crying. No, she wasn’t feeling ill. No, her disease was not progressing. […]

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Yes, I’m judging you for choosing homebirth, but not for the reasons you think

Another day, another homebirth narcissist! Johanna Parker at Mommyish treats us to yet another boring, self-absorbed “Look at ME! Look at ME! grab for attention” that homebirth advocates love so dearly. The title is I Know You’re Judging Me For Having A Home Birth. Parker is both right and wrong. She’s right that I’m judging […]

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Cochrane Review: women should get labor epidurals as soon as they want them

The folks at Cochrane Reviews have just crushed a number of the most cherished myths of natural childbirth advocates: Pain during childbirth is arguably the most severe pain some women may experience in their lifetime. Epidural analgesia is an effective form of pain relief during labour… We conclude that for first time mothers in labour […]

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Toxicophobia, fear of toxins

A new book about fear of vaccination reminds me of a piece I wrote nearly 5 years ago on toxicophobia. The book is On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss. As a review in the New York Times Review of Books, characterizes the person most likely to be afraid of vaccines: white, educated, relatively wealthy […]

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Getting your information about C-sections from homebirth midwives is like getting your information about solar power from Big Oil

More than 20 years ago, when my husband and I were seeking a new home for our expanding family, we were shown several beautiful plots of land. The houses were spacious, the plots of land were large and the entire area backed up onto conservation land. The builder who owned the land was offering three […]

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Finally: a comprehensive analysis of US infant mortality

I’ve been writing about this problem for many years: no, not the high US infant mortality rate, but the refusal to address the most important causes of high US infant mortality. Five years ago, in November 2009, I wrote in Detailed report on infant mortality neglects the most important detail: The new CDC report on […]

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What has Improving Birth done for the woman in the “forced episiotomy” video besides exploit her?

Over the last few days I’ve been writing about the cynical exploitation by Human Rights in Childbirth of a woman who endured a forced episiotomy. Human Rights in Childbirth is protecting the identity of the doctor in the video, and is now deleting and banning anyone who dares to question why they have not filed […]

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The human rights scandal at Human Rights in Childbirth

Poor Hermine Hayes-Klein. She came to this blog to call my bluff and instead I called hers. She’s been dealing with the ugly fallout ever since. And in doing so, Hayes-Klein has exposed not one, but two human rights scandals at Human Rights in Childbirth. The rest of the professional natural childbirth and homebirth advocates […]

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