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Why on Earth Do U.S. Families Pay More for Maternity Care Than Anywhere Else?

Welfare reform family caps punish the poor for having children. Repealing such laws sometimes creates common ground for pro-choice and "pro-life" groups.

Maternity care in the United States is far more expensive than anywhere else in the developed world, and it’s not because we’re getting more services than women elsewhere.

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Just Have the Baby? A New Mom Reveals Why There Is No ‘Just,’ and Not Necessarily Any Justice Either

Linus Chart

Just have the baby? Only if you want to. Because no one else can take on any of the pain or risk, and it’s rare that you’ll be helped significantly with the costs—something I think anyone capable of becoming pregnant understands all too well and that forced pregnancy activists work very hard not to acknowledge.

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Why a 20-Week Abortion Ban Is Unthinkable: One Woman’s Near-Death Experience

A federal judge has declared part of Texas' abortion law to be unconstitutional, blocking a provision that requires abortion providers to secure admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of where they perform abortion procedures.

Childbearing is inherently dangerous, and it is time that the risks of pregnancy became a part of our national conversation about contraception and abortion.

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The Cost of a Woman’s Life

I have been asked to suggest how we constructively engage women in Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) issues as “more than patients”, so I have come up with six suggested steps that we might all take together to achieve success.

Developing nations like Kenya have not experienced the overall decrease in maternal mortality enjoyed across the globe. More needs to be done to address the impact of maternal death on families and communities.

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New Recommendations Say Labor Should Begin Naturally—When Will Medical Practice Change?

The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology now says that we should "let nature take its course" during labor. But that change could take years to go into effect, affecting pregnant individuals in the United States and abroad.

The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology now says that we should “let nature take its course” during labor. But that change could take years to go into effect, affecting pregnant individuals in the United States and abroad.

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Newsflash: Pregnancy Is Hard But Anti-Choicers Refuse to Admit It

The closer I get to my due date, the more offended I am when opponents of women's rights and of full access to reproductive health care take a lackadaisical attitude towards what pregnancy entails.

The closer I get to my due date, the more offended I am when opponents of women’s rights and of full access to reproductive health care take a lackadaisical attitude towards what pregnancy entails.

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What Is the Goal of the Doula Movement?

The goal of having a doula for every birth may not be feasible. It also may not bring about the radical change we seek.

Doulas have increased in number and popularity in recent years. But as a whole, what are we working toward? The goal of having a doula for every birth may not be feasible. It also may not bring about the radical change we seek.

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‘Man Pregnancy’ and Other Harmful Notions That Prevent Inclusivity

Thomas Beatie.

Our society polices which bodies are supposed to reproduce—everything that falls outside of these expectations becomes a spectacle or public property.

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70 & Pregnant: Why a TLC Show Made Me Reconsider How I Feel About Older Parents

I have always scoffed at those (men and women) who have children in their 50s or 60s. It seemed unbelievably unfair to the child who had a much higher chance of being orphaned before adulthood or worse spending their childhood taking care of elderly parents.  But a special on TLC (home of Honey Boo Boo and Toddlers in Tiaras) actually made me question my preconceived notions.

I have always scoffed at those (men and women) who have children in their fifties and sixties.  And then I watched 70 & Pregnant.

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It’s Not Just Those Awful Ads in NYC: Teen Moms Are Bullied Every Day

Billboard campaign to prevent teen pregnancy in Washington, DC.

When teens become parents, they instantly become victims of discrimination, judgment, and stereotyping, not only from their peers, but from school staff as well.

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