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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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Why is Human Rights in Childbirth protecting the doctor in the so-called “Forced Episiotomy” video?

On Wednesday I wrote about the latest meme to sweep the natural childbirth industry: obstetric violence. Kim Lock, writing in Australia’s Daily Life, described a horrifying video: …Earlier this year in California, during the birth of her baby, ‘Kelly’ has an episiotomy cut against her will. Human Rights in Childbirth shows Kelly, who had earlier […]

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Big Birth takes a page from Big Pharma and creates a new disease that only they can treat

Big Birth is the multi-million dollar business of the natural childbirth industry. It involves midwives, doulas, childbirth educators and lobbying organizations. It, like the anti-vax movement, climate deniers, and creationists has created an alternative world of internal legitimacy involving journals, conferences, and letters after names, not to mention blogs and message boards where true believers […]

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We need to talk about obstetric violence: midwives are letting babies die

Talk about bad timing! Kim Lock has an opinion piece on obstetric violence in Australia’s Daily Life, on the same day that the Australian media is discussing yet another inquest into yet another series of homebirth deaths. According to Lock: A horrifying video recently appeared in my news feed. Earlier this year in California, during […]

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#FightFear: the hateful truth at the heart of UK midwifery

What would you think of tobacco companies if they marketed cigarettes with a campaign entitled #FightFear? Why should people miss out on the pleasures of smoking just because they fear getting lung cancer, right? Or how about beer companies promoting drunk driving with a campaign entitled #FightFear? Why should people miss out on the pleasures […]

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Jennifer Margulis, why are you lauding a doctor convicted of sexually exploiting a patient?

One of the things I absolutely adore about homebirth advocates is that no sooner do I write a blistering take-down of their behavior than I turn around and find yet another spectacular example of said behavior. On Friday, I wrote about the evil at the heart of homebirth advocacy. Homebirth advocates promote pure, unadulterated evil […]

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