XXX Four topics – Quoted Dr J. Whitridge Williams’ book “TS: Simple Discoveries in Painless Childbirth (1914)

by faithgibson September 3, 2015

Physiological normalcy as an impediment to medicalization That word “physiological” has all along stood as a barrier in the way of progress. The truth is that in assuming an upright posture and in developing an enormous brain, the human race has so modified the conditions incident to child-bearing as to put upon the mother a […]

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XYZ ~ Excerpt: “How the Invention of Elective Hospitalization became the Economic Engine for General Hospitals in the US:  

by faithgibson August 28, 2015

 Synopsis:   This critically important but unknown story comes from a very small (28-page) book published in 1914 by a famous American obstetrician — Dr. J. Whitridge Williams. A copy from Stanford’s medical library (Lane Library) collection was digitized as a part of Google’s archival library project and is available on-line as a PDF.   Dr. J. […]

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Saying “no” to medical tests & doctor-driven procedures u don’t need or want

by faithgibson August 4, 2015

Reposted from Medscape Pediatrics © 2015 WebMD, LLC: Seeing My Way to ‘No’ Editor’s Note: This article is republished with permission from the author, Alan R. Schroeder, MD, associate clinical professor (affiliate) of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of pediatric inpatient services at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Permission was also […]

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Un-informed consent – out of a 100 invasive procedures & surgeries, only 3 pts recvd full information

by faithgibson June 3, 2015

Reposted from Medscape  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 do […]

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The Assault on Normal Birth: The OB Disinformation Campaign ~ part 2

by faithgibson May 31, 2015

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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