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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

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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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Universal Preschool, The Right to Give Birth, and Why Girls Are Better At School Than Boys

On this episode of Reality Cast, Claudia Buchmann will explain why women are outperforming men academically and what it means. Obama proposes universal preschool, and conservatives predictably reject any measure that would improve women’s lives. Also, a pregnant teen in Texas wins the right to give birth against her parents’ wishes.

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New Study Shows Birth Centers Are a Quality Option for Low-Risk Births

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Two weeks ago the American Association of Birth Centers and the American College of Nurse-Midwives released the findings from a new study.The big picture finding is this: for low-risk women giving birth, birth centers are an alternative that provides a safe, supportive, and cost-saving environment in which to give birth.

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Teen Motherhood: When “Reality TV” Doesn’t Fully Reflect Reality

The media has recently latched on to the idea of the “teen mom,” elevating her to star status—both in dramas and on reality TV. These shows feature teen pregnancy, but they do so in an unrealistic way that fetishizes and glamorizes it. The stories of the girls I spoke with at The Care Center are much different from the ones shown in half-hour snippets on TV and splashed across tabloid magazines.

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