Friday, June 15, 2018
Push Back - Amy Tuteur M.D.
Part III: A Sexist Philosophy of Privilege seeks to show how many "Natural Parenting" philosophies are not only not supported by data, but also sexist and classist. The denial of pain relief to women and putting the strict burden of caring for a baby (attachment parenting) are both rooted in some questionable agendas. She argues that while this may be the right path for some families, data does not support that it is the ideal. And those who know a bit more about raising children in other countries and environments know that this ideal is far from the norm.
While some feel that Dr. Amy is shaming those who adhere to some of these philosophies, I personally felt she is doing her best to get accurate information and data to parents concerning these topics. These same people who criticize Dr. Amy may be surprised to find that she has also written many articles against some practices of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) when data no longer supports long-standing ideal, such is the case with episiotomies, hormone replacement therapy, and breastfeeding. Dr. Amy supports what the data shows and her extensive citations prove this. Regardless of personal philosophy, readers will be challenged while reading this book.
The Author's Blog:
The Skeptical OB
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