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Home Birth “Common Ground”?

In a less well-known but no less controversial effort to find “common ground” a Home Birth Consensus summit seeks to bridge a divide between those who support and those who oppose expanded access to homebirth.

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Afternoon Roundup: Safe Sex Flash Mob, Pushing Personhood in Florida, Porn Acting and Condoms: A Winning Mix?

Porn actors should wear condoms as a rule; pushing personhood for fetuses in Florida doesn’t seem to be a winning idea; the number of premature infants being born in the U.S is decreasing; and a safe-sex flash mob?

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Repro Rights Afternoon Style: Protesting the Death of a Pregnant Prisoner, Planned Parenthood Sues Alaska

Where are the pro-life forces when a pregnant inmate dies from lack of reproductive health care in jail and how can we prevent this from happening to other women? Planned Parenthood sues the state of Alaska, and it seems that physicians are giving women seeking birth control unnecessary pelvic exams…

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New Mother’s (False) Positive Drug Test Leads to Baby’s Removal…Poppy-Seed Bagel the Culprit

The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a Pennsylvania couple whose newborn was removed from their care over the mother’s positive drug test. Only she wasn’t on drugs – she had eaten a poppy-seed bagel before going into labor and the hospital who gave the test made a series of bad mistakes.

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Advocates Push ACOG to Remove Barriers to VBACs

A coalition of individuals and national organizations focused on promoting evidence-based maternity care sends a message to ACOG to remove yet another barrier to VBACs.

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Where Are Pro-Choice Organizations in Birth Activism?

Pro-choice groups work strenuously to protect our rights and provide affordable, essential care. But when it comes to choosing where and with which kind of provider to give birth, they are silent. Why?

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I Am A Midwife

I did not start out to become a midwife. But my journey through nursing school led me first to be a labor and delivery nurse, and then a midwife.  I will always be a midwife.

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An American Midwife in Haiti

I traveled to Haiti for the first time in 2003.  I left there a different woman than I came. Women in Haiti are 70 times more likely than women in the U.S. to suffer and die from preventable conditions during pregnancy and childbirth.

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American Indian Women Pushed to Induce on Reservation?

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit today claiming pregnant women on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, in South Dakota, are being pressured into undergoing labor inductions, without proper information or support.

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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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