My Pet Peeves: Generalizing Data to the Wrong Group

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By Tracy Cassels There’s news about an article making the rounds regarding the risk of homebirth.  Notably, two individuals have written an article for the Journal of Medical Ethics[1] arguing that having a homebirth is as risky as letting your child ride in a car without a seatbelt.  The authors are an Australian OB and an ethics professor in the UK.  The article is really … [Read more...]

Homebirth: A “Narcissistic” Choice?


By Tracy G. Cassels I came across this interesting discussion on Facebook the other day (be warned, it’s long so make sure you have time to read it all if interested, which I believe many of you will be).  What struck me most about it was the idea that, for some, to birth at home is a “narcissistic” choice.  (I take issue with the term itself as I don’t believe the choice is … [Read more...]



By Tracy G. Cassels The act of eating one’s placenta after birth, placentophagia, seems to be becoming more popular than in previous years.  Though many women cite hormonal or emotional benefits to ingesting the placenta, very few are aware of the science looking at this practice.  Who does this?  Why?  And does science support the practice? Placentophagia in Other … [Read more...]

Five Worst Parenting Books

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By Tracy G. Cassels Parents often find themselves looking for advice on how to raise their kids.  It’s not surprising in a society in which we spend so little time around children that we go into this parenting business with little to no experience.  However, we have to be careful where we seek advice for not all advice is equal.  While there is huge variability in the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Six Natural Ways To Reduce Pregnancy Related Swelling & Discomfort Without The Use Of Medication

Six Natural Ways To Reduce Pregnancy Related Swelling

By Jenna Birchmier During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many changes in preparation for the upcoming birth. While feeling your baby bump grow is likely to fill you with excitement, experiencing the discomfort of swelling legs and feet may be an unwelcome symptom of pregnancy. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to alleviate the pain and swelling that can … [Read more...]

Homebirth Risks in the News Again


By Tracy G. Cassels The US has a real problem with homebirth and I for one can’t really understand it at all.  It seems that many doctors and hospitals absolutely refuse to believe that homebirths should be happening at all.  That women should not have the choice to deliver their infant at home.  Recently there have been a couple higher-profile studies that have been used to … [Read more...]

Should You Induce Labour?


The question of inductions can be a heated one at times, with proponents of natural birth shunning the idea of artificially inducing something that should happen naturally.  We hear comments like, “The baby knows when to come out” and therefore we are wrong to intervene. But this ignores that women have tried many methods over the years to bring on labour - from red raspberry … [Read more...]

Failure to Progress: A Discussion on Averages

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By Tracy G. Cassels "Failure to progress" - a term far too many women have heard during their birthing experience.  What does it mean?  It means your body isn't dilating or getting your baby out based on a predetermined schedule.  What is this schedule?  It's Friedman's Curve, and it looks like this: A depiction of Friedman’s curve, based on data from Friedman, E. A. … [Read more...]

Inductions and Autism


By Tracy G. Cassels An ahead-of-press article in JAMA Pediatrics[1] made headlines recently when it reported findings suggesting that the use of inductions and augmentations in labour were associated with an increased risk of autism (but not an autism spectrum disorder; i.e., the focus was on primary autism).   It’s a fascinating study and probably raises more questions than … [Read more...]

Birth Story: Kristin from One Organic Mama

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Warning. This post is about birth. Vaginal birth. I have given you fair warning. If you don't like that word, just don't read this. Have you closed the page? Go away. Good. So no one is reading. I am only writing this because on a few occasions people have asked about my VBAC and have mentioned that they don't know anyone who has ever had one. I … [Read more...]