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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So far this year, lawmakers in at least five states have introduced legislation to prohibit the practice of shackling pregnant inmates.
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.
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.
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.
Pregnant volunteers can now continue serving, regardless of whether a pregnancy is deemed “culturally acceptable.”