Yeah, I get cranky at stories like this one: Tracy Hermanstorfer: Christmas Miracle Mom and Baby Die, Revive I’m thrilled for the family that they both survived this event. I hope they go on to a happy, loving, long life… Read More ›
Canadian study finds mothers & babies much less likely to be injured in homebirth
Via Science and Sensibility, this new homebirth study out of British Columbia should be required reading for our Health Department and policy-makers: “Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician”. This high-quality… Read More ›
Quickhit: “Pit to distress”
Unnecesarean, Nursing Birth, and other bloggers are talking about an unofficial protocol used by some obstetricians, “Pit to distress”. Check it out at these links, which explain the background and the reality on the ground. “Pit to Distress”: Your Ticket… Read More ›
More confected fat-baby epidemic panic? The “increasing trend” that isn’t.
This supposed ongoing upward trend in birthweight has been used as an excuse for absurd levels of inductions of labour and skyrocketing C sections, and a springboard for blaming lazy, old, fat, neglectful mothers for the “obesity epidemic”, childhood cancer,… Read More ›
Faves: Bodies, Breasts ‘n’ Birth edition
Hoyden About Town is looking forward to the finalist voting in the 2008 Weblog Awards. Because it’s school holidays and tigtog and I are family-focussed right now, I’ve put together a few of my posts from the past, in the categories Feminism, Breasts, bodies and birth, Bad science, Big pharma, and Disability. They’re not chosen for any strict criteria – just the posts I found memorable, the ones linked a lot, the ones that attracted lots of comments. I’m not sure whether tigtog will find time to do the same (but I hope so!) This should be fun for relative newcomers to Hoyden About Town as well as for people cruising the Weblog Awards nominees.
If you have a favourite Hoyden post, do please feel free to add it in comments for the appropriate category. Enjoy.
“It’s just like a normal external bra!” Snoopy-nosed Redundant Skin Envelopes
Vaginas are not “disgusting”. The Be Cervix Savvy campaign
Peeve Time: “The Obese” as Walking Dead
Newsflash! Gans and Leigh: Still no evidence that women are harming their babies for cash.
Back in November 2007, tigtog and I discussed at length the paper on the baby bonus introduction by Andrew Leigh and Joshua Gans, “Born (Again) on the First of July: Another Experiment in Birth Timing”. The paper has now been revised for international publication, this time with mortality data.
Their thesis back in 2007 was there was an introduction effect “delaying” births around the time of the baby bonus introduction, and their data does show a clear change in pattern.
Women who have had C sections may struggle to get health insurance in the USA
Health insurance for women is being denied, or premium-loaded, in the wake of the Cesarean section upsurge. The New York Times reports “After Caesareans, Some Women See Higher Insurance Cost”: When the Golden Rule Insurance Company rejected her application for… Read More ›
“Death twice as likely by caesarean”?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: No discussion of reproductive justice is complete without attention to birthing and birthing care. A blithe, shallow, naive focus on “reproductive choice” is not enough. We don’t have free choice in… Read More ›
Fetal presentations: an economist’s guide
Image Source: Dorland’s Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Because at least one doesn’t seem prepared to acknowledge that foetal presentation makes any difference to birthing outcomes. Lauredhel has been astonishingly civil… Read More ›
Today’s fabricated panic: “Delayed” birth interventions causing childhood obesity?
Srsly. The ABC News is quoting economist Andrew Leigh as saying that the “delayed” interventions around baby bonus time is causing fatter children. A Canberra economist says an increase in the baby bonus could lead to unhealthier children. Research by… Read More ›