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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

A vaginal speaker to play music for your fetus is unnecessary

This is a sentence I thought I would never have to write, you know? But hey vagina + tech = cool and “newsworthy,” so here we are. The Institut Marquès has created (and of course is marketing) a pink “sound system” to insert in the vagina under the guise of fetal brain development. I’ve been sent … Continue reading

Only Kim Kardashian can afford Diclegis, the Birkin Bag of morning sickness medication

It was only a matter of time before Kim Kardashian posted a picture on her Instagram account with a bottle of Diclegis, basically announcing her brand partnership with Duchesnay, the manufacturer of the prescription medication for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Duchesnay had been tweeting for ages that they were so relieved Kim had found … Continue reading

Just because you can eat your placenta doesn’t mean you should

Every few news cycles placenta-eating seems to make the rounds. I’ve already seen it a couple of times  this year, so I figured the Internet is trying to tell me something.  Some women, but mostly those who recommend and/or prepare placenta for them, think that ingesting placenta can cure/help post partum depression and possibly a … Continue reading

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