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What does radical midwifery have in common with radical conservatism? Intuition.

Patching up False Dichotomies in the Birth Subculture by anthropologist Jessie K. Tougas should be required reading for all midwifery students. Some birth scholars (Melissa Cheyney, Robbie Davis-Floyd, and Elizabeth Davis) have argued that there are two models of birth that value different kinds of knowledge. They assert that the “technocratic” model has been adopted […]

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Trust teeth!

Hi, there, it’s Ima Frawde, Tooth-wife and I’m here to educate you about Spiritual Tooth-wifery. I trained as a dental hygienist but that doesn’t sound particularly impressive — especially when compared to dentists who have initials like DMD and DDS after their names — so my friends and I created our own credential, the RTW […]

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C-sections are safer for babies

Three words provoke horror in natural childbirth advocates: maternal request Cesarean! How dare women choose to bypass the excruciating pain and terror of hours of labor and vaginal birth? How dare women do everything possible to protect the health and brain function of their children? How dare women take control of their own bodies to […]

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Science denial, Dunning Kruger and the Tuteur Corollary

I spend my days wrangling with science denialists on the Skeptical OB Facebook page. I don’t really argue with them since a doctor can no more argue science with a denialist than a mathematician can argue calculus with a four year old. Neither denialists nor four year olds know enough to come to grips with […]

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Lactivism represents a profound lack of empathy

One of the most amazing traits of human beings is the ability to empathize with others. We don’t have to lose a parent to imagine how devastating the loss of a parent could be and therefore we offer our support. We don’t have to experience a divorce to imagine how devastating the end of a […]

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