Genetic conditions have made their way into public dialogue in recent years, but not many people understand the decisions patients, particularly women, have to make once they have their diagnosis.
Reaching quantitative goals should not take priority over quality of care, voluntary use of contraception, and informed choice. The needs, desires, and well-being of women are paramount.
The Improving Access to Maternity Care Act would identify which areas of the country have maternity care shortages and help send OB-GYNs to those underserved areas.
Birth control can have positive effects on the well-being of women and—when and if they choose to have them—their babies, yet 225 million women worldwide who want access to contraception can’t get it. [via EngenderHealth]
The Pope drew attention to natural family planning methods when he suggested there are ways for Catholic women to limit the number of children they have without violating the Church’s teachings on contraception. But just how do these methods work? And how good are they?
On this episode of Reality Cast, journalist Allison Yarrow tells us all about the interesting new DIY fertility movement. Also, the Bill Cosby situation continues to get uglier, and conservative media is ramping up hostility toward women working and getting educated.
Egg freezing is an individualized, questionably effective technical fix for a fundamentally social problem.
Groups that believe preventing teenage pregnancy is achievable through expensive public service campaigns fail to realize that they would do much better to support teen parents and their families.
When the Bloomberg administration unveiled its teen pregnancy prevention campaign last March, it was met with immediate backlash. Now the city has updated the campaign website, but the site doesn’t abandon all of the problematic language featured in the previous campaign.
While there is much enthusiasm surrounding experimental new techniques that aim to help women with severely mutated mitochondrial DNA to have a child that would not inherit the disorders that can be caused by those mutations, the verdict is still out on the procedures. And it doesn’t look good.