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Does Your Doctor Know Squat? An Interview With “Birth Guru” Henci Goer

By Brian Wimer

Why do OB/GYNs have women labor in beds when squatting is the better way to birth? More importantly, does your OB/GYN, in particular, know the researchbased facts regarding obstetrics in America? Or, is your OB/GYN perpetuating the myths that keep pregnant women from making practical, logical decisions for childbirth?

Award-winning medical writer Henci Goer, author of The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth and Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities, makes the case that mothers are being kept in the dark. Contributing writer Brian Wimer caught up with Goer during an East Coast tour, promoting the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative.

Wimer: Why did you first begin writing about evidence-based childbirth care?