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Baby decapitated in hideous case of obstetric malpractice

Warning! This story is not for the faint of heart. According to a story in The Independent: A doctor caused an unborn baby to be accidentally decapitated inside her mother’s womb while performing a delivery, a medical tribunal has heard… The obstetrician at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee is accused of wrongly going ahead with a […]

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Breastopia vs. the real world

It’s the ur-myth of lactivism, the belief that we came from Breastopia and we should return to Breastopia. There’s just one problem: Breastopia never existed and frantic efforts to “reclaim” it are harming babies and mothers. To understand why it helps to compare Breastopia to the natural world. That’s why I created the handy chart […]

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Claiming breastfeeding has major benefits is politically correct, but sadly not true

In a world of vicious clashes over ideas and even over facts themselves, there is one thing on which everyone can agree. Thought leaders on the left and the right, among every possible ethnic and religious group, among scientists and lay people are united in their insistence that breastfeeding has major benefits for babies. Too […]

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Oops, C-section does NOT impact the neonatal gut microbiome much at all!

The more research we do, the LESS support there is for the claim that C-sections impact the neonatal microbiome in ways that are ultimately harmful to health. Research on the impact of C-section on the neonatal microbiome has been plagued with major problems, the most important of which is the naturalistic fallacy: the belief that […]

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La Leche League’s ugly response to women struggling with postpartum depression: a badge!

Have you no shame, La Leche League? Once again you cruelly posted this “badge.” I breastfed my baby through postpartum depression! Never mind that women are literally killing themselves and their babies because of postpartum depression, and breastfeeding has been implicated in the suffering of these women: Florence Leung killed herself in despair over breastfeeding […]

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What do breastfeeding and electronic fetal monitoring have in common ?

It made intuitive sense that it would improve outcomes for babies. In fact, it made so much sense that it was implemented before large scale testing was conducted. Now, years later, it turns out that the benefits were dramatically overstated and the risks were ignored. I could be talking about electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) that […]

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Why are natural childbirth advocates vilifying a black obstetrician who wants to reduce racial disparities in maternal mortality?

Privilege can be very ugly. Witness the specter of a black obstetrician being upbraided primarily by white people for a speech about reducing racial disparities in maternal mortality. Dr. Brown made an incontrovertible claim: the single most effective way to prevent maternal mortality is birth control and now he’s being pilloried for it. Comments, predominantly […]

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ACOG, why recommend screening for postpartum depression when most women can’t access treatment?

Yesterday I wrote about the new ACOG recommendations for postpartum care and the fact that they are cheap, low tech window dressing for expensive, high tech problems. The most obvious example is the recommendation to screen for postpartum depression. Screening for postpartum depression is literally the first mandate in the long list of recommendations. Screen […]

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New ACOG postpartum recommendations are cheap, low tech window dressing for expensive, high tech problems

I am going to look a gift horse in the mouth. ACOG has just released new guidelines for postpartum care. They were long overdue but sadly they are more window dressing than substantive improvement. Moreover, the way they are being promoted is odious. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have published the guidelines […]

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What do beauty standards and mothering standards have in common? Denialism.

New York Times movie critic Amanda Hess has written one of the best takedowns of contemporary patriarchal ideology I have ever read. She explains how women are pressured not merely to meet male needs and desires but duped into believing they are empowered by the very ideology that is designed to constrain them. But part […]

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