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Poorly Defined Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Used to Blame, Criminalize Mothers

The Alaska legislature recently approved a project that will place free pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms as part of a larger campaign to raise awareness about fetal alcohol syndrome. But what is fetal alcohol syndrome, and could this effort possibly help address it?

The Alaska legislature recently approved a project that will place free pregnancy tests in bar bathrooms as part of a larger campaign to raise awareness about fetal alcohol syndrome. But what is fetal alcohol syndrome, and could this effort possibly help address it?

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Florida Hospital Demands Woman Undergo Forced C-Section

The hospital has threatened to perform cesarean surgery on Jennifer Goodall "with or without [her] consent."

The hospital has threatened to perform cesarean surgery on Jennifer Goodall “with or without [her] consent.”

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Pregnant Texas Woman Denied Methadone Treatment in Jail Released to Home Monitoring

Jessica De Samito, who is six months pregnant and needs methadone maintenance therapy to maintain her pregnancy, will continue treatment at home.

Jessica De Samito, who is six months pregnant and needs methadone maintenance therapy to maintain her pregnancy, will continue treatment at home.

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Texas Jailers Deny Pregnant Navy Vet Medication Needed to Continue Her Pregnancy

A graphic created by National Advocates for Pregnant Women to promote justice for Jessica De Samito, who says a Texas county jail is withholding the methadone treatment she needs to sustain her pregnancy.

Advocates for 30-year-old Jessica De Samito, who is 24 weeks pregnant, say a Texas county jail is withholding the methadone treatment she needs to sustain her pregnancy.

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‘Born in the Wild’? The Problems With Lifetime’s New Reality Show

Born in the Wild will follow birthing women who eschew hospitals and doctors for babbling brooks and fields of wildflowers.

Women should be free to choose their childbirth experience, whether it be in a hospital or in the woods. But I fear that Born in the Wild will be a disingenuous attempt to suggest that modern medicine ruined childbirth.

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Birth Attendant Describes Her Work in Remote Area of Nepal

Wangmo Thapa is a skilled birth attendant working in the Dolpa District in Western Nepal. Thapa decided to go into this line of work in part because her mother died in childbirth. In this Samahope video, Thapa describes an experience she had birthing a baby that sheds light on the various issues associated with pregnancy and birth in the area where she works.

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Pregnant Women Incarcerated in Pennsylvania Routinely Shackled, Despite Law

Pregnant women incarcerated in Pennsylvania are routinely subjected to wearing leg shackles and handcuffs, including while laboring and giving birth.

An investigation reveals that pregnant women incarcerated in Pennsylvania are routinely subjected to wearing leg shackles and handcuffs, including while laboring and giving birth, despite medical dangers and current law that says the practice is illegal in most circumstances.

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Press Call: Forced Cesarean Section Is the Newest Threat to the Personhood of Pregnant Women

During a recent press call, hosted by RH Reality Check, Rinat Dray shared her story of a forced c-section and was joined by her attorneys as well as medical professionals and legal advocates for the rights of pregnant women.

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The Struggle and Strength of Mothers With Addictions

The author, Roxanne Ambrose.

The stigma put on addiction and addicts has been very painful for me. For much of my life, I have felt like society judged women like me, throwing us away as if our lives didn’t hold any value. Despite our struggles, we eat, breathe, and bleed like everybody else. We are human.

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Midwives Fight to Make Their Practice Legal Again in Delaware

A new bill introduced in the state legislature last week aims to change that, and is one example of how a growing movement of midwives is seeking to change inconsistent state laws that often criminalize their practice.

Currently, in Delaware, it’s effectively illegal for a trained, certified midwife to attend a home birth. A new bill introduced in the state legislature last week aims to change that, and is one example of how a growing movement of midwives is seeking to change inconsistent state laws that often criminalize their practice.

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