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What’s the difference between breastfeeding promotion and gay conversion therapy?

Imagine if every time a gay man or woman interacted with the healthcare system he or she was offered gay conversion therapy, instructed that heterosexuality was normal and forced to sign a consent form for medical care that proclaimed “Hetero is Best”? Ugly, right? As GLAAD explains: Anti-LGBTQ activists have argued for years that sexual […]

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Experts acknowledge MORE interventions are needed to reduce maternal mortality

The most tragic of the many ironies of the natural childbirth movement is that the recommendations proposed in good faith to improve outcomes for babies and women has ended up killing them. This is particularly true in the case of maternal mortality. For years the conventional wisdom has been that outcomes improve as interventions are […]

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Whataboutism, the favorite logical fallacy of natural childbirth advocates

Yesterday I wrote about doula Maddie McMahon who equated obstetric providers who do vaginal exams with sexual predators. Midwives shld be debating the pros and cons of routine VEs and exploring the evidence, or lack of, for regularly fossicking around in a normal labour. I’m just a woman telling you that you need a damn […]

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Doula claims vaginal exams are “fingering” women

If you want to see how badly the midwifery philosophy of “normal” birth has been discredited, there’s no better place to look than the UK. For over a decade the Royal College of Midwives, the midwifery trade union, promoted a Campaign for Normal Birth on the grounds that it would save money, save lives and […]

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Survey: most women not counseled about risks of vaginal birth and they’re not happy about it

Are women receiving the information they need to make informed decisions about vaginal birth and C-sections? This may sound dramatic, and may offend some, but speaking from the lived experience of life after forceps birth injury some days I feel I would rather have died, or my baby died, than the everyday reality of these […]

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Efforts to reduce C-section rates ignore quality of life outcomes women value

Earlier this month I wrote about The Lancet series on reducing C-section rates that used a benchmark rate of 10-15%. This despite the fact that the World Health Organization, which made it up, acknowledges there is NO EVIDENCE to support the safety of a 10-15% rate and considerable evidence that the minimum safe C-section rate […]

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Were you counseled about the long term risks of vaginal birth?

Yesterday I came across a heartbreaking comment from a woman suffering from the long term risks of vaginal birth: This may sound dramatic, and may offend some, but speaking from the lived experience of life after forceps birth injury some days I feel I would rather have died, or my baby died, than the everyday […]

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Emilee Saldaya is as ethically responsible for baby Journey Moon’s death as if she had taken out a gun and shot her

Last week, I wrote about the preventable death of a baby at freebirth. So the surges keep coming every day, but still no baby. Just making me more and more tired and my body ache everywhere. Nothing I could do would ease the pain but I tried so hard to stay positive. My water broke […]

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Is natural childbirth about physiology or monetization?

The fundamental conceit of the philosophy of natural childbirth is that it recapitulates childbirth in nature. But there’s nothing natural about books, courses, hired attendants, birth pools and refusing available pain relief. The ultimate irony of the philosophy of natural childbirth is that it isn’t about the physiology of birth but rather about the monetization […]

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The hallmark of women who choose freebirth: emotional immaturity

I have written many times about freebirth (unassisted childbirth), the practice of giving birth without any birth attendant. The stories differ but they are united by a personal trait shared by all freebirthers: emotional immaturity. What do I mean by emotional immaturity? Consider toddlers. Toddlers are the standard for emotional immaturity. They are supremely egocentric. […]

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