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Stoking Fire: Doulas as ‘Birth Ambassadors’

From the cover of Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America.

Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America by Christine H. Morton and Elayne G. Clift is a detailed look at childbirth practices that zeroes in on the difficult and sometimes contradictory roles played by members of hospital labor-and-delivery teams.

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How Melissa Harris-Perry Is Sparking a National Conversation About Fertility and Family

Melissa Harris-Perry with her newborn daughter.

Melissa Harris-Perry’s recent announcement about the birth of her daughter via a surrogate, and the broader conversation about redefining family that she hopes to instigate, could help other women, particularly in communities of color, talk about aspects of their reproductive lives that have previously been little discussed.

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Stoking Fire: ‘Laboring,’ A Midwife’s Tale

Cover of Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife.

Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife provides an anecdotal look back at Ellen Cohen’s nearly three-decade-long tenure as a midwife. By turns, the book is heartbreaking and exhilarating.

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Pregnancy Discrimination, Gender Parity in the Media, and Being Out in Sports

On this episode of Reality Cast, I talk to a representative from Media Matters about the organization’s study of gender balance on cable news. In another segment, I discuss how pregnant women’s rights are under attack, and it looks like February will be the month people really started talking about sports and gay rights.

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State Bills Aim to End Practice of Shackling Pregnant Inmates

The shackling of pregnant women who are incarcerated or detained is a practice that is permitted in most states.

So far this year, lawmakers in at least five states have introduced legislation to prohibit the practice of shackling pregnant inmates.

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Nine Women Receive Uterus Transplants in Sweden, Raising Ethical Questions

Doctors in Sweden have transplanted uteruses into nine women and plan to implant embryos into the new wombs soon though no one knows if the organs can support a growing fetus.

Swedish doctors plan to implant embryos into the new wombs soon, though no one knows if the organs can support a growing fetus. Furthermore, some experts are concerned that the risks to the potential mother and child, not to mention the donor, far outweigh the possible benefits.

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Dads Experience What It Feels Like to Give Birth

A labor simulation was connected to these men from Kensington Church in Troy, Michigan, who where curious as to what the whole labor thing is all about. They had the displeasure of finding out just how painful labor really is.

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My Story of Pregnancy and Addiction

Iowa legislators want to pass a law allowing women to sue abortion providers if they regret their abortions. Why not let women sue the people who actually caused the regret—the people who shamed and guilted them about the abortion—instead?

I am a recovering addict and alcoholic. My journey includes a pregnancy in the midst of my addiction, and unnecessary shame and a lack of compassion at my OB-GYN’s office.

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Peace Corps Ends Discriminatory Pregnancy Policy

Pregnant volunteers can now continue serving, regardless of whether a pregnancy is deemed "culturally acceptable."

Pregnant volunteers can now continue serving, regardless of whether a pregnancy is deemed “culturally acceptable.”

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TED Talk: Incarcerated Women and Reproductive Health Care

Dr. Carolyn Sufrin speaks about incarcerated women and reproductive health care at TEDxInner Sunset. Dr. Sufrin is an obstetrician-gynecologist and a medical anthropologist. She provides OB-GYN care to vulnerable populations of women, including women in jail. Her research focuses on the complex intersection of health rights and the politics of reproduction as they play out in institutions of incarceration.

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