Too often the words "bad science" get thrown around when people disagree with a set of findings, but to be "bad" research needs to meet certain criteria. So what is most of the science we read? Is it bad?
Headlines are claiming homebirth is as dangerous as letting your child ride in the car without a seatbelt. But the authors use one of my pet peeves to make this claim... generalizing data to those it doesn't apply to.
Many Australians woke this morning to scare mongering about bedsharing thanks to articles in their papers. Notably, claims that 25 babies died in the parent bed last year are leading to people declaring bedsharing should be illegal and even some people are being investigated for it (I kid you not).
The article that stood out was the summary of research on homebirth, one of the first articles of the paper, but I’ve already written on that and sadly the articles seem a little too similar to have been written 25 years apart. But a little aside – if you read this issue closely, I get a few mentions, including a brief synopsis of my birth!