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International Day of the Midwife

Since tomorrow, May 5, is the International Day of the Midwife, I thought it fitting to take a moment to both acknowledge the day and why it’s so important to me to link discussions about midwifery and childbirth to the broader reproductive and sexual health and rights movement in the U.S.

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Of Belly Strips and Birth: What Exactly Are We Advancing?

In an article about the use of fetal heart rate monitors during labor, Alex Friedman wonders why this tool that seems to do “more harm than good” is being used during labor at all.

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Toxic Chemicals: Neglected Threats to Health and Reproduction

Despite the introduction of thousands of new chemicals into the products we use every day, the Toxic Substances Control Act has undergone no revisions since 1976.

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Expanded Support for Midwifery Services a Win-Win in Health Reform

As an addendum to yesterday’s a broad-brush overview of the implications for women of the health reform, here is an overview of how the bill addresses midwifery provided by certified nurse-midwives and expands the conditions under which nurse-midwives may provide broader health care services.

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Post Cesarean Feelings Survey Release

What became even more shocking to us were the replies, numbers and information we were able to obtain with this project.  I will go question by question reviewing and sharing some of the results through various posts, but first before getting into each individual question, and the comments and experiences listed, I would like to give a general overview and release of the actual poll results.

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Choice Also Means Choices in Birth

Choices In Birth means something immeasurable to birth. It means birth options are here, now, in her town, in your town, in any town. It means that birth options are available to this woman, to that woman, to any woman. Choice rebirthed and the world made bigger because of more birth options for more women.

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Giving Birth in the Streets: Haiti’s Pregnant Women Need Help

Pregnant women in Haiti are among the hardest hit and because of high maternal mortality rates in Haiti were in peril even before the earthquake. A handful of organizations are responding.

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Is A Midwife Right for You?

When I was pregnant with my son, almost eleven years ago, the internet was more of a nerdy luxury than anything else. Now pregnant women or women who are thinking of becoming pregnant can access virtually anything – including a new quiz that will tell them whether a midwife or ob-gyn is best for them!

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Once a Cesarean, Always a Cesarean : The Tides Must Change

Until you have walked in someone elses shoes, you should always
think twice about what you have to say about their personal experience.
That goes especially to those who have never had children, or had a
cesarean section.

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Giving Birth in Chains: The Shackling of Incarcerated Women During Labor and Delivery

As birthing choices are increasingly part of the public
conversation, pregnant women are increasingly empowered to decide what sort of care is right for their bodies and their child. Except for those pregnant women who are incarcerated.

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