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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign legislation, passed by the state legislature Monday, allowing women to sue for civil damages if, for example, a drunk driver struck her car and caused her to lose her pregnancy.
When our daughter was born at just under 24 weeks, we faced a choice: to let her die in our arms, or head down the uncertain and complicated road of medical intervention. We chose the latter, and that experience has only strengthened my commitment to and support for women’s access to later abortions.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill Tuesday that will allow criminal charges against women who struggle with drug dependency during their pregnancy.
On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk with David Futrelle about the “friend zone” and the male entitlement issues that go into it. Also, I discuss how people are politicizing Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy, and how it is difficult to be a woman who chooses to have a baby in 21st-century America.
A recent RH Reality Check piece treated the vexing question of commercial surrogacy as a litmus test for feminists. For us at Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research, we believe that contract pregnancy can’t be understood in such a simplistic framework.