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Racism is unlikely to be the cause of the Black maternal mortality crisis

Everyone “knows” that the Black maternal mortality crisis is due to racism. According to Ms. Magazine: Maternal mortality is one of the most compelling indicators that America runs on racism. Here’s what we need to do to overcome this legacy and current reality. WGBH Boston reported: Despite all the modern advances in medical care, pregnancy […]

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Hundreds of babies are dead and UK midwives feel sorry for … THEMSELVES

The recently released Ockenden Report could not have been clearer. UK midwives bear responsibility for literally hundreds of newborn and maternal deaths and injuries. The report faulted a culture of “normal birth” at all costs and a refusal to both investigate and learn from mistakes. In case you doubted the Report, we now have the […]

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Thinking about homebirth? Willing to leave your children motherless?

Perhaps you want a homebirth enough to be willing to risk your baby’s life. But have you considered the potential impact on your older children and the baby of leaving them motherless? Neither did the mothers of these 25 children who experienced the ultimate catastrophe, all because their mothers wanted a specific birth experience. – […]

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A mother who refuses medical assistance for birth isn’t recapitulating nature; she’s defying it!

Another day, another homebirth death. A Perth newborn has died after an at-home birth with only a doula to support the mother ended in tragedy. The girl was born Saturday about 3am inside a Wattle Grove home, however she became stuck during labour and wasn’t breathing when she arrived. …[T]he father of the child began […]

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The freebirth delusion: how the selfish convince themselves they are selfless

Freebirthers are often delusional. According to Dictionary.com, delusional means: characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument. Their delusions include: The ahistorical delusion that childbirth in nature was often unassisted. In reality midwives exist in EVERY time, place and culture. The bizarre delusion that childbirth is inherently […]

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Lactivists and the Fatal Sleep Five

Why do breastfeeding advocates continue to put their precious babies’ lives at risk by bed-sharing? Why do they ignore the fact that 9 out of 10 SIDS deaths could be prevented if bed-sharing were eliminated? Why do they dismiss the scientific data and the exhortations of pediatricians in favor of anthropology nonsense like “The Safe […]

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The Supreme Court is Making Hypocrisy Great Again!

In the wake of a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that seeks to eviscerate abortion rights, it’s worth asking: Is there anything more hypocritical than a reactionary Republican Party — that revels in cruelty and violence against its perceived enemies — claiming that their opposition to abortion rights stems from a respect for […]

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Do Kegel exercises work? It depends.

Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor are widely recommended as a panacea as well as a preventive for female pelvic organ prolapse and or incontinence. What are kegel exercises? They are basically just repeated clenching of the muscles of the pelvic floor (the same muscles you use to stop the flow of urine in […]

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The uterus isn’t the only pelvic organ that can prolapse

Yesterday I wrote about uterine prolapse. When the muscles of the pelvic floor are are stretched or torn by childbirth, the uterus can slip down into the vagina. This can distort the relationship between the sphincter that controls release of urine from the bladder into the urethra leading to stress urinary incontinence. But the uterus […]

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Uterine Prolapse: How It Happens & What It Causes.

FullSizeRender We need to speak more honestly about the risks of childbirth. Vaginal birth can lead to a lifetime of serious, embarrassing and life altering problems. Uterine prolapse, with or without incontinence, is an entirely natural consequence of an entirely natural vaginal birth. What is uterine prolapse? As the animation above demonstrates, uterine prolapse is […]

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