Michael Odent Wants Me Dead

I’ve written about Michael Odent before here and here. For those not familiar with him, he is a retired French obstetrician, credited with, among other things, introducing water births. This weekend he got himself a piece in the Guardian to promote his new book: The Birth Of Homo, The Marine Chimpanzee. I’ll be honest, I’ve not… Continue reading Michael Odent Wants Me Dead

The Real Magic Of Pregnancy

I heard something wonderful last week. It came from a pregnancy* exercise teacher at a class I had just joined: “This exercise might be good for the birth, I mean *knowing laugh* it won’t stop it hurting of course, but it might be useful” Embed from Getty Images //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/462946585?et=oGUQF9ltTMtO0rYnENBe5A&viewMoreLink=off&sig=rpTV9ysvT9lS_iMEY6HYnQCCYGXJY4XczEq4tQVJTZc=&caption=true It seems like a pretty minor… Continue reading The Real Magic Of Pregnancy

Caesareans May Be Altering Human Evolution. But Not Much, And I Don’t Care.

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.

A Mum’s Guide To Dodgy Science: Cause v Correlation

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

Would Women Be 50% Better Off Not Getting Their Health Facts From Jamie Oliver?

Celebrity chef turned healthy eating campaigner, Jamie Oliver, has been telling us all about the wonders of breastfeeding – Queue backlash and counter backlash but has he got a point and do his stats stack up? Embed from Getty Images //embed.gettyimages.com/embed/543731511?et=hZcAOr2zSqhJ-yDTmFmThQ&viewMoreLink=on&sig=cfSDW1KCjhnIXndtJmZYKsmaCYVUJqwctG_uAb6nqMM= I wasn’t going to, I really wasn’t, but then, yeah, stuff it, it’s my… Continue reading Would Women Be 50% Better Off Not Getting Their Health Facts From Jamie Oliver?