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States Get Graded on Infertility Treatments

A new report card suggests that where a couple lives may have a lot do with how many options for treating infertility are readily available.

A new report card suggests that where a couple lives may have a lot to do with how many options for treating infertility are readily available.

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Tennessee Advocates Speak Out Against Pregnancy Criminalization

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On April 15, RH Reality Check hosted an audio press call on the Tennessee Pregnancy Criminalization Law, SB 1391, and was joined by representatives from SisterReach, Healthy & Free Tennessee, and the National Advocates for Pregnant Women.

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Panel Recommends Low-Dose Aspirin Regimen for Women at Risk of Preeclampsia

A panel of experts now recommends that a baby aspirin each day may be able to prevent up to a quarter of all cases of preeclampsia, a condition that develops in 4 percent of pregnancies and that can be life threatening for both the woman and the developing fetus.

A panel of experts now recommends that a baby aspirin each day may be able to prevent up to a quarter of all cases of preeclampsia, a condition that develops in 4 percent of pregnancies and that can be life threatening for both the woman and the developing fetus.

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Stress Kills: Economic Insecurity and Black Women’s Maternal Health Outcomes

When we hear “stress kills,” we often imagine a wealthy business executive dying of a heart attack in their early 50s because they put in too many long nights at the office. But stress also kills pregnant Black women and their babies in a more surreptitious way.

When we hear “stress kills,” we often imagine a wealthy business executive dying of a heart attack in their early 50s because they put in too many long nights at the office. But stress also kills pregnant Black women and their babies in a more surreptitious way.

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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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