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A lotus birth is leaving a newborn attached to a decomposing placenta

Perhaps you have heard of the latest “natural” birthing trend called a “lotus birth”? This practice involves leaving the newborn attached to the placenta until the umbilical cord separates “naturally” or, to be blunt about it, rots off. Let’s get two sets of basic facts established before we continue: The placenta receives its oxygenated blood from … Continue reading

A newborn baby in Brazil didn’t walk, journalists made a story of a normal reflex. That’s wrong.

There is a “new viral sensation.” Ok, there is one almost every day, but this one is a NEWBORN BABY WALKING AT BIRTH LEAVING MIDWIVES STUNNED IN BRAZIL. This is not news this is normal pediatrics. The baby is exhibiting a primitive reflex called the walking or stepping reflex. There is no weight-bearing and no … Continue reading

Speculating about Serena Williams and “pregnancy doping” is both offensive and idiotic

The New Scientist, a publication I had never heard of before, wonders if Serena Williams pregnancy is making her a better athlete? This is a new low in “pregnancy angles.” I often get asked to comment on celebrity/athlete pregnancies and I always decline. Why? Partly because I don’t want my name in a shit article … Continue reading

New York Post thinks Beyoncé should cover up and Adele shut up. They are so wrong.

  An Op-Ed in the New York Post has lots to say about the motherhood on display at the Grammys. The author criticizes Beyoncé for her “tush-wiggling” and “pagan fertility worship” and finds Adele’s words about her struggles with motherhood “self indulgent.” I think the take home message from the column is supposed to be … Continue reading

A Ted talk claims OB/GYNs lie to pregnant women about alcohol and sex. It’s wrong. Here’s why.

There is a new Ted talk circulating called The Lies We Tell Pregnant Women given by Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel. As an OB/GYN it obviously caught my attention. Dr. Jawed-Wessel mentioned that some of her work centers around sexual behaviors of pregnant and postpartum couples, so I was intrigued especially as I am an expert on pain with … Continue reading

As an OB/GYN and parent I find the FDA’s statement on anesthesia risks offensive. Here’s why.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning regarding the potential dangers of anesthesia in pregnancy and for young children. Specifically that “repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs during surgeries or procedures in children younger than 3 years or in pregnant women during their third trimester may affect the … Continue reading

What we can learn from Jehovah’s Witnesses about obstetrical violence and autonomy during pregnancy

Many years ago when I was the most junior person on the team I sat on the hemorrhaging wound of a person who was a Jehovah’s Witness. She  was literally bleeding to death. I was medically the least helpful person so I was the human sandbag as the gurney flew down the hallway towards the … Continue reading

Zika questions answered: If Zika is the cause of microcephaly why are we just seeing it now?

      This is a common question that many have used to question the link between Zika and microcephaly. It is a valid point. After all, viruses have been around forever so if Zika caused microcephaly wouldn’t we already know that? The answer is pretty simple – Zika is actually a relatively new virus … Continue reading

A fetus can’t “hold hands” with its twin

The story is a sad one, a set of twins where one is not expected to survive due to complex anomalies. As the mother of a set of triplets where one did not survive I understand this kind of pain. A couple in such a situation spoke with their local news about their ultrasound which … Continue reading

A Monsanto larvicide isn’t causing microcephaly in Brazil (or anywhere else)

The alarming number of babies with microcephaly in Brazil and other countries is definitely a cause for concern. While each day more and more evidence grows that it is related to infection with the Zika virus, definitive studies are still lacking. This sadly leaves room for conspiracy theories and the one currently making the rounds … Continue reading

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