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We mothering vs. me mothering: neoliberalism, paranoia and vaccination

Earlier this week I wrote about the closing of well baby nurseries as an expression of neoliberal philosophy: Neoliberalism places a premium on individual responsibility and minimizes the value of collective action. We see this in contemporary political philosophies that venerate private industry and derogate goverment support. But we also see its impact in mothering […]

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No, new study does NOT show tiny amounts of alcohol in pregnancy affect baby’s face

We have a terrible problem in contemporary scientific research. Or it would be more accurate to say we have two terrible problems. First, a great deal of published research is junk, generally because of spurious statistical analysis. Second, the media credulously publishes any press release, the more irresponsible the better. Consider this story in STATNews, […]

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Closing newborn nurseries: what if we’re doing postpartum breastfeeding support all wrong?

The central conceit of organized efforts at breastfeeding promotion such as the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is that we can best support breastfeeding by recapitulating the experience of our ancestors.┬áThe most obvious difference is technology. Hence lactivists have focused their efforts on depriving women of access to technological innovations like formula supplementation, pacifiers and […]

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Make America Weak Again

I’m not going to lie: I don’t have much respect for Trump voters. It amazes me that anyone with two functioning brain cells could vote for a brutal, stupid, narcissist whose previous career was notable only for his celebrity despite of a parade of bankruptcies, endless evidence of cheating and fraud, as well as personal […]

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Facebook kills babies

I love Facebook; I ought to know since I spend a large portion of every day engaging with it. That’s why it pains me to point out that Facebook kills babies. How? By allowing users to create communities where access to accurate information is tightly controlled — through deleting, banning and vetting membership — it […]

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Who gets to decide what’s “best” for babies?

Pregnancy and paternalism go together like peanut butter and jelly, like milk and cookies, like salt and pepper. Where you find one, you almost always find the other. What is paternalism? It’s the practice of people in positions of authority determining the freedom and responsibilities of others in the others’ supposed best interest. It’s the […]

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ACOG, alcohol and the infantilization of pregnant women

Perhaps this will lay the accusation that I am a shill for ACOG to rest. The president of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists (ACOG) wrote a letter in response to my recent piece in The Washington Post, Five myths about pregnancy, in which he vehemently disagreed with me. He seems to think we disagree […]

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Guest post: A daughter’s illness, a mother’s anguish

A long time reader shared this with me and I found it deeply moving. She graciously gave her permission to let me share it with everyone else. If I were a painter I would depict: a child huddled in a hospital bed, burritoed into an oversized raspberry-pink coat, topped by a spray of blonde hair, […]

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Sheena Byrom and the moral bankruptcy of UK midwifery

Once again I have written a blog post about my revulsion at the deadly behavior of UK midwives, and once again a prominent midwife has rushed to┬ádemonstrate the truth of my words to the entire world: professional autonomy is more important to midwives than whether babies live or die. It was only 4 days ago […]

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Gwyneth Paltrow, queen of the quacktresses

Apparently, I wasted 8 years in medical training. Four years of medical school and four years of residency were over-kill (pardon the expression). It seems that in 2017 the most important requirement for a medical authority is to be a quacktress. A quacktress is a actress who has monetized her celebrity by giving pseudoscientific medical […]

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