Archive for July, 2011

Home Births On the Rise

The Feminist Breeder with her home-born babe

It’s official: more women are planning home births attended by midwives — 20% more — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “One mother chose home birth because it was cheaper than going to a hospital. Another gave birth at home because she has multiple sclerosis and feared unnecessary medical intervention. And some choose home births after cesarean sections with their first babies,” reports the Associated Press. Physician groups are still opposed, but individual obstetricians are speaking out: “Dr. Joel Evans, the rare board-certified OB-GYN who supports home birth, said the medical establishment has become ‘resistant to change, resistant to dialogue, resistant to flexibility.’”

Update: Check out The Week‘s five theories for the trend, including, “Women are taking charge!”

 

Best for Babes Foundation Features PUSHED

It's You Babe!

What’s not to love about Best for Babes, fearlessly naming and shaming the “booby traps” that keep moms from breastfeeding (rather than shaming women!). “Women are being pressured to breastfeed but set up to fail” says the group. Check out their site, featuring celeb “champions for moms” like Laila Ali, Jenna Elfman, and Kelly Rutherford, and a new Q&A with yours truly about the booby trap of early elective birth.