Reposted from Medscape  — http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/845435?nlid=81896_1521&src=wnl_edit_medp_wir&uac=145218EV&spon=17) Note from FG ^O^: This article is not specific to obstetrical procedures, such as elective induction or scheduled C-section, but it mirrors the common experience of childbearing women and midwives.  The obstetricalization of normal childbirth has become the standard of care. What that means is that obstetrical providers (both MDs and L&D […]

Re-posted from Midwifery Today’s website. This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 63, Autumn 2002. Part 2 ~ by Henci Goer ©2002 Midwifery Today, Inc. All rights reserved. Part II    (link to Part 1) What Is Gained by Subverting the Research? The NEJM provides means and opportunity, but what about motive? Appearing in […]

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The Assault on Normal Birth: The OB Disinformation Campaign ~ part 1

by faithgibson May 30, 2015

Re-posted from Midwifery Today’s website. This article first appeared in Midwifery Today Issue 63, Autumn 2002. Editor’s Note: Not only is there is strong evidence to support the conclusions Henci arrives at in this 2002 article,  but equally compelling evidence that in the last few years, ACOG expand their anti-normal childbirth campaign to hobble the ability […]

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Significant increase in NICU admission for babies in drug withdrawal due to childbirth-related narcotics given its mom

by faithgibson May 30, 2015

N Engl J Med 2015; 372:2118-2126May 28, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1500439 Increasing Incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in U.S. Neonatal ICUs Veeral N. Tolia, M.D., Stephen W. Patrick, M.D., M.P.H., Monica M. Bennett, Ph.D., Karna Murthy, M.D., John Sousa, B.S., P. Brian Smith, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S., Reese H. Clark, M.D., and Alan R. Spitzer, M.D. BACKGROUND The […]

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Routine Vag Exams not helpful, harmful side-effects; challenging cervix-centric birth culture

by faithgibson May 25, 2015

Short except – link to full article with chart and wonderful art’s rendering on “thinkingmidwife.com” Vaginal examinations: a symptom of a cervical-centric birth culture Posted on May 2, 2015 by midwife thinking  This post is about routine vaginal examinations (VE) during physiological birth ie. an uncomplicated birth without any medical intervention. The VE is a useful […]

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