(Closed) Are there any good UNBIASED web sites, books, movies, blogs…

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
3553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Evidenced based birth seems to be a pretty balanced resource. They basically go over scientific studies on each of their topics.

Post # 6
3697 posts
Sugar bee

ChildbirthConnection.org is another good, evidence-based online source. Through them you can link to the Milbank Report on evidence-based maternity care.

A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth (Enkin et al.) is basically the classic, “gold standard” publication on the topic.

Marjorie Tew’s Safer Childbirth? A Critical History of Maternity Care states definite preferences on optimal care practices, but it’s not ideologically driven: the author is a statistician and doesn’t work directly in a maternity-related field (and she was already past her childbearing years when she did her research and wrote the book). She came upon the topic because she was preparing to teach a medical stats course, and wanted to develop some exercises for her students. She decided to use pregnancy-related treatments as a topic, started to look at the data, and was surprised by what she discovered, so she began researching it more in-depth. It’s a pretty academic book with lots of statistics, but she does a good job of clearly explaining how she handled the numbers and what they do and do not show. So, she is “biased” in the sense that she comes out and says clearly which practices she feels are beneficial and not, but her recommendations are based directly on what she concluded from her research and not on any pre-existing ideological commitments.

Post # 7
1249 posts
Bumble bee

OP, thanks for posting this question. 

@red_rose:  This appears to be a very good comprehensive resource.  Thank you for posting it. It seems to be one of the best I’ve seen!

Post # 9
1249 posts
Bumble bee

@IzzyBear:  I know what you mean! I’ve only read part of that page but so far -so good. 

Post # 10
896 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

The Business of Being Born may be biased (heck knows I’m biased about natural birth) but the things they mention in that movie are factual. The c-section rates they talk about, the rate of maternal/infant mortality in hospitals in our country vs. other countries and vs. home birth, the way that hospitals run their operation (pushing drugs, c-section happy, etc) it is all factual. In my opinion, unless you have a high risk pregnancy for some reason, it is absolutely better to use a midwife and a birth center or home birth. You will be MUCH more likely to accomplish the birth you desire and much LESS likely to have unnecessary interventions that put you and your baby at risk.

Post # 11
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@quierajen:  After watching that on netflix, I started asking people I knew about their births. I was amazed at how many people were given pitocin to speed things up… then an epidural to help the pain… then more pitocin, because the epidural slows pregnancy… and then their baby was in distress so they had to c-section it.

Exactly how the documentary says it happens so often.

That being said; it’s not the only reason we are choosing homebirth, but my due date is smack dab between Christmas and Newyears- I won’t trust a doctor to not pressure me into a c-section so he/she doesn’t have to work on a holiday.

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