Homebirth Risks in the News Again

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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...]

Why You Should Care About Circumcision

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This piece was originally published in the Spring 2013, Issue 06 of Nurture Magazine and the original (in pdf) can be seen here. By Tracy G. Cassels I used to be one of those people who thought that routine infant circumcision was a personal decision.  And by personal, I mean parental.  Yeah, I personally would never do it because there was just no point to it in my mind.  … [Read more...]

The Daily Fail Strikes Again!

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By Tracy G. Cassels Alright, I caved.  At first I wanted nothing to do with this article, but let’s take it apart, shall we? Let’s start with the title: The new parenting fad experts fear could KILL your baby: Mothers are jeopardising their child's safety by co-sleeping Um… clearly Ms. Hoyle knows nothing about human history.  Co-sleeping is about as new as, oh, … [Read more...]

Do Parents Matter?

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By Tracy G. Cassels It’s been 14 years since The Nurture Assumption hit bookstores and in that time we’ve seen a steady decline of parents’ beliefs in their own efficacy and influence over their children’s outcomes and behaviours.  In this book, Judith Harris (the author) argued that peers are far more important and that parents actually have no long-term impact on their … [Read more...]

The Breastfeeding Research Battle

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By Tracy G. Cassels It seems that researchers looking at the "benefits" of breastfeeding (really the problems with formula) can’t catch a break these days.  In the past month, two prominent research studies have hit the news and yet detractors everywhere call “foul”.  For a long time, critics of the research showing favourable outcomes associated with breastfeeding (which … [Read more...]

Slate Gets on the Cry-it-Out Bandwagon

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By Tracy G. Cassels It was to my utter dismay to be led to yet another article touting the benefits of crying-it-out (CIO) and admonishing those who speak out against it.  However, it was even more distressing to read an article that so blatantly attacked researchers and held up research that has been openly criticized as "bad science" as evidence supporting CIO.  But I’m … [Read more...]

Press Release Re: Carpenter et al. Bedsharing Study

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My plan this weekend had been to enjoy a relaxing weekend away with the family.  However, Friday I was made aware of a new report coming out today on the "dangers of bedsharing".  Needless to say, this weekend changed.  We were luckily able to view a copy of the article in advance and the group of researchers I have worked with on other posts and I wrote a response.  This is … [Read more...]

Fighting For Homebirth (Again)

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By Tracy G. Cassels Thanks to someone on EP, I became aware of a new article being touted by anti-homebirth activists as being proof that homebirth is inherently dangerous.  The article, prepared by the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health[1], provides a systematic review and meta-analysis of home versus hospital births attended by midwives (you can find the … [Read more...]

Circumcision and STIs: Should We Care?

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By Tracy G. Cassels "If you are ever presented with a multifaceted social problem and the first solution that springs to your mind is "We'd better cut off part of everyone's penis," you might want to consider another line of work." Fatherhood For Geeks I received a comment today on my circumcision series questioning whether I had fully considered the role of circumcision in … [Read more...]

The Effects of Parental Stress: SRCD Research

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By Tracy G. Cassels This second piece covering some of the newest research out there in child development will focus on what I have encountered to date on the effects of parental stress on a variety of outcomes.  We all generally know that too much parental stress can be negative for everyone in the family, but let’s look at some of the specifics on how this … [Read more...]