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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 ›

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”[1]. 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.

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 ›