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Neglected Realities: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Abortion in the Context of HIV

The majority of women living with HIV are in their reproductive years. The need to promote and protect their reproductive and sexual rights has never been greater.

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Breaking the Bank for Bed Rest

Thousands of pregnant women are placed on bed rest each year, in an attempt to ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. But bed rest can literally drive a family into poverty.

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Are California’s For-Profit Hospitals Pushing C-Sections?

A study shows that expectant mothers in California may face more constrained choices in childbirth depending on whether they choose a non-profit or for-profit hospital.

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Roe v. Wade is Not One Size Fits All: More Reflections on Burton v. Florida

The opinion in Burton v. Florida, in which an appeals court reversed an order forcing a pregnant woman to go on bed rest and undergo cesarean surgery, raises a question about our courts: what is it about pregnancy that they just don’t understand?

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Time Magazine On Birth, C-Sections and the Rise of Labor Induction

The evidence continues to point to the negative impacts of unnecessary medical intervention during childbirth. Studies confirm that not only does labor induction lead to increased c-section rates but that the rate of induction is growing, to the detriment of the health of mothers and babies, as well.

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ACOG Says Yes to VBACs

Good news from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) yesterday. The group issued updated guidelines on vaginal birth after cesareans (VBACs), hopefully paving the way for more women to choose vaginal birth, after a previous c-section.

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“Man Up?” Man Down Is More Like It

Postpartum depression in new dads? New research confirms it’s a very real condition afflicting more men than previously known. For one father, it’s a relief to know he’s not alone and that his experience is “authentic.”

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The War on Drugs Coming to a Womb Near You

Organizations from the March of Dimes to the American Medical Association oppose the arrests and prosecutions, based on “child abuse,” of pregnant women who use drugs, but South Carolina continues to jail pregnant women and mothers otherwise denied treatment.

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The Best and the Worst Places To Be A Mom

A new report produced by Save the Children ranks the best – and the worst- places to be a mother around the world.

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Midwifery On The Internet and Rallies on the Ground

What’s happening around the country with midwives over the last couple of weeks? Take a peek…

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