According to reports on the BBC (and elsewhere) today, the number of women having C sections is causing our species to evolve bigger heads and / or smaller pelvises and so we are becoming less able to give birth without surgical help. The Miami Herald got particularly upset declaring: “C-Sections Are Increasing Because We’re Messing… Continue reading Caesareans May Be Altering Human Evolution. But Not Much, And I Don’t Care.
Silencing negative birth stories only helps to create more, robs women of their voice and treats us like delicate snowflakes who can’t be trusted with the truth. Remind me again what century this is? Keep Quiet and Carry On That seemed to be the message on twitter recently, from a senior midwife to women who’ve… Continue reading Silencing Negative Birth Stories
I’m an academic (more or less). Which is great because it means I don’t live in the “real world”. No, I was born into a magical land where all I’ve ever had to do is sit in nice places (mostly Gothic in style), and think. I’ve definitely never worked in dull, crappy jobs to pay… Continue reading The Unreal World Of The Academic Scientist
A young woman is woken in the middle of the night by the sound of crying. This is the third time so far and she is exhausted. She pushes back the duvet and swings her cold feet to the floor, wondering what awaits her, another feed, another wet nappy? What has the programming decided to… Continue reading Surprise! Dolls Don’t Stop Teenage Pregnancy
Time for another in my (very) occasional series of posts giving you tips on how to spot a dubious science story. The previous posts covered Publication By Press Release and the problem of Comparing People To Petri Dishes. This one has a few less P’s in it but it’s a biggy, something that crops up… Continue reading A Mum’s Guide To Dodgy Science: Cause v Correlation
Embed from Getty Images //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/596759703?et=IdX6zFd2TYNUn4IziQp60w&viewMoreLink=off&sig=tx-EtnckGag0EyOdjj4xzKM58AhLBwCanOI8zyNa7oA=&caption=true I have to admit to a little guilty pleasure, the Mumsnet AIBU thread. If you’re not familiar with it, AIBU stands for “Am I Being Unreasonable?” and the answer is quite often yes, yes you really are. This week someone asked “AIBU to wonder how people cope living in London”… Continue reading How To Cope With Living In London
I had hoped that today I would be sharing some happy news on this blog. First thing this morning I was supposed to be going to the hospital for a twelve week scan, a first look at our third baby. But sadly that appointment had to be cancelled. I’ve been wondering whether to write about… Continue reading A Missed Miscarriage