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Why did UK midwives promote normal birth? Medical imperialism.

Why did UK midwives campaign for normal birth? Why did they continue to promote it despite an ever rising death toll? The felt — and some still feel — duty bound to bring unmedicated vaginal birth to the benighted women who don’t understand its value. They are practicing a form of medical imperialism. The UK […]

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Royal College of Midwives finally apologizes for its deadly Campaign for Normal Birth

Literally hundreds, if not thousands, of babies and mothers died because of the Royal College of Midwives Campaign for Normal Birth. Finally, FINALLY, the Royal College of Midwives has apologized. In todays Times of London: The head of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) today apologises for its part in promoting “normal” births that contributed […]

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WTF is wrong with lactation “professionals”: Ukraine edition

Pardon my language, but what the fuck is wrong with these people? How can they be so so patronizing, so sanctimonious, so cruel? In the face of the growing humanitarian disaster caused by the Russian invasions of Ukraine, the Lithuanian Lactation and Breastfeeding Consultant Association issued this appalling statement (Facebook translation): ! IMPORTANT ! ! […]

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Marsden’s Mendacious Mansplaining: the “optimal” C-section rate

Earlier this week, by rescinding and abolishing C-section rate targets, the UK finally acknowledged two things we have known for decades: 1. there is NO optimal C-section rate 2. C-section target rates lead to preventable DEATHS Why did anyone think that there was an optimal C-section rate? Because of Marsden’s Mendacious Mansplaining. In 1985 Marsden […]

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UK: Cesarean targets are dead!

It’s tremendous vindication of everything I’ve been writing for years … but tragically it has come too late for literally thousands of babies, mothers and families. The Times of London article title says it all: Baby deaths force end to NHS targets for natural births. The subtitle contains the inevitable kicker, “Maternity units have been […]

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Nearly everything you’ve been told about the “risks” of C-sections is wrong

A reader sent me the link to a comprehensive, deeply nuance article in The Guardian, Caesareans or vaginal births: should mothers or medics have the final say?. In the course of advancing the argument that medical autonomy REQUIRES that mothers have the choice of C-section on request it makes the point I’ve been making literally […]

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The risk of neonatal harm from four alternative birth practices

I’ve often noted that most alternative birth practices — from eating the placenta to lotus birth — have little to no scientific evidence to support them. That wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that they also have significant, life threatening risks for babies. A new paper from the American College of Pediatrics, Risks […]

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Yet another paper shows Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative DOESN’T increase breastfeeding rates

Yet another scientific paper confirms what we have known for several years: the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a failure on its own terms. I’m not talking about the fact that it harms babies with its dubious “achievement” of making exclusive breastfeeding the leading risk factor for newborn re-hospitalization leading to tens of thousands of […]

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New study shows how homebirth COULD be safe in the US

To date there has not been a single US study that shows that homebirth in the US is safe. All the existing studies show that US birth at home has a perinatal death rate from 3-9X higher than comparable risk hospital birth. Until now. A recently published study from Washington State shows how homebirth COULD […]

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This slur should be banned from the lactivist lexicon

It’s appalling to find that at the outset of the year 2022, lactation professionals are still using their favorite slur. Do they continue to use the slur because they think women are inherently untrustworthy? Do they continue to use the slur because they refuse to learn from scientific evidence? Or do they continue to use […]

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