The juxtaposition of medical science and Old Wives' Tales is explored. Examples are given in which both sources of knowledge have been helpful, useless, or even harmful. A culture in which the health care consumer feels free to question and selectively use or reject elements from
both sources of knowledge is essential in order for the “trust your body” message of perinatal education to be heard.
The Journal of Perinatal Education is the official journal of Lamaze International, whose mission is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and evidence-based, practical resources that childbirth educators and other health care professionals can use to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their care or teaching to prepare expectant parents for birth.