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What is ImprovingBirth.org trying to accomplish by encouraging the woman in the forced episiotomy video to file a lawsuit she can’t win?

I don’t get it. And, of course, the folks at ImprovingBirth.org won’t explain it or even respond to my tweets. I’ve written before about the shameless way that both ImprovingBirth.org and Human Rights in Childbirth have relentlessly exploited “Kelly” (her real name appears to be posted with the YouTube video, but IB and HRiC have […]

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Buzzfeed, why are you glamorizing risking a baby’s life at homebirth?

Buzzfeed, would you glamorize a parent who held his or her baby out over a balcony railing ten stories up as Michael Jackson is doing in this photo? It’s really no different glamorizing a footling breech homebirth. Actually it is a bit different. A breech homebirth is far more dangerous than dangling your baby off […]

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I will not stay silent so that you can stay comfortable

Just about everyone involved in the episode of midwife bullying that I detailed last week has weighed in. In an open letter to the chair of the forthcoming maternity review, I wrote: I observed a group of midwives that has become a sisterhood of deadly enablers, ignoring deaths of their patients, incapable of tolerating criticism […]

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Hannah Dahlen bemoaning birth disappointment is like the fashion industry bemoaning negative body image

Midwifery Professor Hannah Dahlen is back, bemoaning “a toxic postnatal experience.” Women have told us there is something worse than death – there is being alive but dead inside. There is being so traumatised by pressurised interventions in their birth plan that they can’t care for their newborn or have a relationship with their partner, […]

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World Health Organization’s warning on C-sections is ideology masquerading as science

Once again, the World Health Organization has dressed up ideology to mimic science and is hoping no one notices the difference. This is not the first such misleading effort on the part of the WHO. In 1985, Marsden Wagner, then head of Maternal and Child health in the European Regional Office of the WHO, convened […]

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Saddened, frightened by the power of the sisterhood of deadly enablers among UK midwives

One of the great privileges of being a blogger is the ability to speak on behalf of the voiceless. If there is any group whose voice has been ignored and silenced it is the babies and mothers who have died at the hands of UK midwives. As I wrote yesterday in my open letter to […]

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Dear Baroness Cumberlege: UK midwifery has become a sisterhood of deadly enablers

Dear Baroness Cumberlege, Congratulations on your appointment as Chair of the maternity review mandated in the wake of publication of the Morecambe Bay Report. It is a weighty responsibility to have the task of protecting the UK’s mothers and babies from poor clinical care, refusal to address devastatingly poor outcomes, and a tendency for officials […]

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Breast milk, the latest product to be commercialized in the orgy of conspicuous consumption that is natural parenting

I’m a bit late to the party of those writing about the ethics of commercializing breast milk, but I’d like to offer a different view of the issue. I submit that the commercialization of breast milk is the inevitable result of the natural parenting industry’s relentless commercialization and promotion of products and services that no […]

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Afraid of homebirth? You should be!

Yesterday’s Washington Post contained a puff piece on homebirth. It’s entitled Afraid of a home birth? These two first-person accounts will give you a new perspective, and is followed by two anecdotes, one of a mother who had a homebirth in the US, and another of a mother who had a homebirth in the Netherlands. […]

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UK midwives foolishly continue their bullying on Twitter

You might think these women would have more important things to worry about like the hideous death rates at their hands at Morecambe Bay (where 16 babies and 3 mothers died over a 9 year period) to the newly revealed horror at Royal Oldham/ North Manchester General Hospitals (where an appalling 7 babies and 3 […]

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