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(VIDEO) Mikulski: “Republicans Are From Mars; Dems From Planet Earth”

A day after Republicans decided to declare their own week of half-days at work and to stall as much as possible all Senate business, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) took to the floor of the Senate to reiterate some of the most important elements of health reform for women.

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Small Reservation Hospital Contributes to Growing Proof We Can Do Better in Birthing

A small Arizona hospital run by the Navajo nation outperforms much larger and more highly-resourced facilities in reducing the rate of unnecessary c-sections.

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Text4Baby: New Media Health Care

Can texting improve your health? An unprecedented public-private partnership begets a new media effort to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health in the United States.

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Pregnant in Colorado? One Reporter’s Search (and Failure) to Find Maternity Coverage

Posing as a 34 year-old woman whose COBRA insurance was running out, this reporter went in search of an individual insurance plan that included maternity coverage in case of a future pregnancy and found not one, single plan in the entire state of Colorado that would cover maternity care.

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Roundup: Is Abortion a Deal Breaker?, Righting the Discriminatory Wrongs in Health Care Reform, Too Late for Nadya Sulyeman

What do pro- and anti-choice lawmakers, advocates and others have to say about abortion in health care reform efforts? In good news, the latest version of health care reform legislation includes tremendous boons for women’s health. And assisted reproductive technology findings come too late for Nadya¬† Sulyeman…

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The “A-Word”: A Birth Activist Speaks Out

Childbirth activists must find common ground with fellow reproductive rights activists, and feel comfortable discussing abortion in order to ensure that birth rights are respected and valued as well.

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Protecting Reproductive Rights at Delivery

Despite the financial resources commanded by hospital-based birth
services, many experts, economists, and advocates are alarmed at the state of U.S. maternity care, which is driven by high rates of unproven medical interventions.

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C-Sections: The New Pre-Existing Condition

Think everything is ok with the health system? Maybe if you are a fetus. Otherwise, prepare to suffer under the mountain of pre-existing conditions for which insurance companies are seeking to reduce or eliminate coverage. C-sections are considered a pre-existing condition and the lack of maternity care coverage is justified because “having a child is a choice.”

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What’s So Scary About Home Birth?

The "perils of home birth"? How about "the perils of mainstream media coverage of home birth"? The Today Show mangles its portrayal of midwifery and out-of-hospital birth as excellent maternity care options.

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Risking the Future: Repeat C-Section or Vaginal Birth?

A new study uncovers more reasons for women to consider their childbirth options and to fight for their right to thorough, unbiased and accurate information when thinking about what kind of birth for which they’d like to plan.

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