Seasonal periods, brought to you by Big Pharma

Seasonal periods, brought to you by Big Pharma

Following the trend toward inventing diseases and conditions that can be treated by new drugs on the market, the pharmaceutical world has presented women with a new condition that it can conveniently cure: too many periods. I discovered the condition on the back of the May/June issue of “Nurse Practitioner World News” sticking out of … Continue reading

Response to Amy Tuteur

A recent blog post of mine titled “’If I were at home, I would have died’ – The trouble with extrapolating hospital birth events to homebirth” received a lot of attention. One blogger, Amy Tuteur, published a scathing response to my piece on her personal blog. I am stunned and saddened by Ms.Tuteur’s hate-filled critique. … Continue reading

“If I were at home, I would have died” — The trouble with extrapolating hospital birth events to homebirth

“If I were at home, I would have died” — The trouble with extrapolating hospital birth events to homebirth

A midwife in North Carolina was recently charged with practicing midwifery without a license because her state does not offer licensure for  Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) and other direct entry midwives.  There was some local news coverage of the arrest and the ongoing efforts of North Carolina families to legalize CPMs.  One of the local news stories included a mother’s birth … Continue reading

Moving beyond the ACOG PR faucet

Moving beyond the ACOG PR faucet

My first response to ACOG’s press release for their newest “Committee Opinion” on homebirth was, like many of you, what’s new? Remember the last opinion statement in 2008, the one that accused women of caring more about their birth experience than the safe arrival of their child, and attacked homebirth as a trendy cause celebre? … Continue reading

Ten reasons not to circumcise your baby

You’ve probably heard that circumcision rates have sharply and steadily fallen in the US, and in 2009 only about a third of baby boys in the US had their penises surgically altered… And you’ve probably heard all the reasons why circumcision is not medically necessary, and why most of the world doesn’t do this to … Continue reading