do you need a map to travel the childbearing year?

June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

excerpt from the piece i wrote for outlaw midwives:

ok i want to go farther into why i keep a raised eyebrow toward ‘evidence based’ midwifery.

first off, there is almost no position in midwifery which does not have an acceptable amount of evidence behind it.  reknown scientists, large studies, analysis of anecdotal evidence and surveys, cutting edge discoveries, fundamental scientific facts, etc.  so when i watch debates between birth workers about what practices are the most ‘evidence-based’ it reminds me of being a debater in high school.  i could easily argue one side or the opposite and win.  and what i learned was that using the basis of evidence, i could sufficiently claim nearly anything.  logic and the scientific method are tools.  not truths.

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