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The Skeptical OB: Homebirth midwives don’t want you to know

The Skeptical OB asks an interesting question.

Why won’t the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) release  their data on the safety of home births facilitated by their midwives?

[MANA has] publicly announced that only those who pass an ideological litmus test and sign a legal non-disclosure agreement will be allow access to the data.

Birth freedom is most certainly a feminist issue.

Withholding important information makes it impossible for women to make an informed choice about how they want to give birth.  And an uninformed choice is no choice at all.

I don’t see how MANA’s policy can possibly be compatible with feminism.

Make public the data!

The Skeptical OB: Homebirth midwives don’t want you to know.


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How to Survive Scholastic Books for Girls

A plump, juicy bite of USDA Grade A prime time Sexism for your delectation:

Oh! and um…Scholastic Books.  Yeah, you.  Stay the fuck away from my daughters.

BOYS ONLY: How to Survive Anything!
Table of Contents:
How to Survive a shark attack
How to Survive in a Forest
How to Survive Frostbite
How to Survive a Plane Crash
How to Survive in the Desert
How to Survive a Polar Bear Attack
How to Survive a Flash Flood
How to Survive a Broken Leg
How to Survive an Earthquake
How to Survive a Forest Fire
How to Survive in a Whiteout
How to Survive a Zombie Invasion
How to Survive a Snakebite
How to Survive if Your Parachute Fails
How to Survive a Croc Attack
How to Survive a Lightning Strike
How to Survive a T-Rex
How to Survive Whitewater Rapids
How to Survive a Sinking Ship
How to Survive a Vampire Attack
How to Survive an Avalanche
How to Survive a Tornado
How to Survive Quicksand
How to Survive a Fall
How to Survive a Swarm of Bees
How to Survive in Space
GIRLS ONLY: How to Survive Anything!
Table of Contents:
How to survive a BFF Fight
How to Survive Soccer Tryouts
How to Survive a Breakout
How to Show You’re Sorry
(and chapter 3 is where we no longer care about “survival”)
How to Have the Best Sleepover Ever
How to Take the Perfect School Photo
How to Survive Brothers
Scary Survival Dos and Don’ts
(“don’t throw things or yell at your ghost. it may react badly.”)
How to Handle Becoming Rich
How to Keep Stuff Secret
How to Survive Tests
How to Survive Shyness
How to Handle Sudden Stardom
More Stardom Survival Tips
How to Survive a Camping Trip
(“fresh air is excellent for the skin”)
How to Survive a Fashion Disaster
How to Teach Your Cat to Sit
(are you #$&^%*@ kidding me?)
How to Turn a No Into a Yes
Top Tips for Speechmaking
How to Survive Embarrassment
How to Be a Mind Reader
How to Survive a Crush
Seaside Survival
(don’t wear heels. tie your hair back. sunglasses add glamour.)
How to Soothe Sunburn
How to Pick Perfect Sunglasses
Surviving a Zombie Attack
How to Spot a Frenemy
Brilliant Boredom Busters
How to Survive Truth or Dare
How to Beat Bullies
How to be an Amazing Babysitter

(HT: http://ryannorth.tumblr.com)


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Are feminist mothers MORE likely to be attachment parenting?

This is *very* interesting.
I don’t see anything necessarily anti-feminist about attachment parenting.
But but it does seem to me that any sort of social pressure on women to adopt attachment parenting is inconsistent with feminism.
As for the study, I wonder if they controlled for things like race and class. I suspect that attachment parenting is most popular among middle and upper class women, i.e. women who are free to stay home with their children if they choose to.  See this post by Feminist Anthropologist for more about what I’m getting at.

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After all that debate around whether attachment parenting is anti-feminist for mothers this is an interesting finding:

Results showed that feminists were more likely to support attachment parenting practices than non-feminists, and non-feminists were more likely to endorse strict schedules for children. These results suggest that attachment parenting is a type of parenting that is attractive to feminist women.

Interestingly, non-feminists, and mothers in particular, held misperceptions about the typical feminist who they saw as largely uninterested in the time-intensive and hands-on practices associated with attachment parenting. Non-feminists perceived feminists as less interested in attachment parenting than they were when, in fact, the feminists were more interested.

The study, which was mentioned in PSYPOST, is relatively small but the results are noteworthy. The findings make intuitive sense to me because, anecdotally, among the feminist mothers I follow on Twitter and at other blogs more of them seem to be into…

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The Skeptical OB: Coroner: Homebirth deaths at Lisa Barrett’s hands were entirely preventable

From a feminist standpoint, this is a tricky issue:  Women should have wide-ranging freedom with respect to how they give birth.

But there are some dangerous practitioners out there that, let’s be honest, endanger babies.

Lisa Barrett has done more to strengthen regulation of homebirth than homebirth opponents ever could have managed; she has convincingly demonstrated the dangers of homebirth, the irresponsibility of many homebirth midwives, and their preference for myth over scientific evidence.

The Skeptical OB: Coroner: Homebirth deaths at Lisa Barrett’s hands were entirely preventable.


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A Fork in the Path

Parenting can feel a lot like a walk through the proverbial garden with forking paths. You make countless decisions for your child, and any of them could end up being important in ways you can never predict.

Lately my three-year-old has been really into picking clovers. She’s always talking about them, so I have the word bouncing around in my head. This morning, I started singing “Crimson and Clover” under my breath, and she asked me what song I was singing. I decided to let her listen to it, so I did a quick search on the song title. The results fell into two categories. Tommy James and the Shondells on the one hand and Joan Jett on the other.

So which path to take my little girl down? The Shondell path? Or the Joan Jett path?

I’ll admit that I had to think about it for a second.

But only for a second…

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Does Attachment Parenting Hurt Women?

Sully collects a few arguments.

Attachment parenting is definitely bougie, and insofar as it becomes an expectation for women in general, it harms them.

But look if you want to do it, I don’t guess it’s my, or anyone else’s, place to tell you can’t.

But just keep in mind that it’s not your place to tell others that their hurting their kids if they don’t.

Does Attachment Parenting Hurt Women? – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast.

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