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The “choose life” crowd is Making Hypocrisy Great Again

Irony is dead. In the wake of the most deadly mass shooting in American history, Republicans in Congress are preparing to introduce the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. CNN reports: The House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on legislation that would criminalize abortions after 20 weeks […]

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Gun violence denialism is just another form of science denialism

Another day, another US gun massacre, the biggest yet: In the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a hail of gunfire rained down from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Sunday evening, police said. The gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, is believed to be a “lone wolf” and was found dead in his […]

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Punishing teen mothers by denying them epidurals

NPR reports on a bizarre and unethical practice: An epidural is a common type of regional anesthesia that eases the pain of labor. As she had done many times before, Sweeney followed hospital protocol and called the anesthesia department. But to her shock, they told her they could not help her young patient. “They said […]

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Why do lactivists think it’s okay to let babies scream incessantly from hunger?

It’s ironic when you think about it. Many of the same people who refuse infant eye ointment because the baby might be distressed by blurry vision, who refuse neonatal vitamin K because the injection will hurt the baby for a brief moment, think nothing of letting a baby (yours or theirs) scream for hours in […]

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Ireland shutters Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

Hallelujah! A national Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is being shut down. Without consultation or notice, in early 2016 the HSE Health Promotion & Improvement, Health & Wellbeing Division reduced the grant-aid it had been providing to the BFHI (which ranged over recent years from slightly under €50,000 to zero). The HSE then directed maternity units […]

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Why does breastfeeding often fail?

Breastfeeding is not a matter of will; it is a matter of biology. That’s the take home message from the paper Biological underpinnings of breastfeeding challenges: the role of genetics, diet, and environment on lactation physiology by Lee and Kelleher, graduate student and professor of cellular physiology respectively. The most pernicious of the many pernicious […]

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Lie to me!

I’m been watching Ken Burn’s monumental documentary on the Vietnam War. It is a deeply sobering experience. Both those who served in the war and those who protested the war were united in a curious way. Both never considered the possibility that the government would lie to them and both felt profoundly betrayed when they […]

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The clinical factors behind UK’s soaring maternity liability payments

Yesterday I wrote about the single most important reason for the UK’s massive maternity payouts: the failure to properly investigate bad outcomes and the resulting failure to learn from them. That was the finding of a just released report, Five years of cerebral palsy claims: A thematic review of NHS Resolution data. The author of […]

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The single most important reason why UK maternity liability claims are skyrocketing

Last month I wrote a series of posts about the decision by the Royal College of Midwives to shutter its Campaign for Normal Birth. Although the RCM leadership denied it, some going so far as to claim dead and injured babies are “fake news,” the campaign was stopped because of skyrocketing rates of maternity liability […]

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Drs. Bartick and Stuebe, please withdraw the fallacious Breastfeeding Savings Calculator

You have to give Drs. Melissa Bartick and Alison Stuebe credit for brazenness. Not only do they still insist that increasing breastfeeding rates saves money, despite a complete lack of evidence, they have created a “calculator” to estimate the fallacious savings. Using current literature on the associations between breastfeeding and maternal and pediatric health, we […]

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