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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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Study: C-Section Rates To Keep Rising?

A new study in the American Journal of Obsetrics and Gynecology finds that not only do one out of every three births in this country occur via cesarean section, the rate is expected to rise. These findings come with frightening consequences for women and their newborns.

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Does Refusing a C-Section = Child Abuse?

A woman comes into a hospital, in labor, refuses to pre-consent to a c-section, and has her baby whisked away under charges of child neglect?

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World Breastfeeding Week: Women’s Rights, Infant Health and A Supermodel Mom

Breastfeeding is a critical first step in a newborn’s health. And this year’s World Breastfeeding Week focuses on establishing an optimal foundation for it through the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”

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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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Breath-Testing Pregnant Women in UK

UK health officials want health providers to test the breath of pregnant women for carbon monoxide levels so they can tell the women smoking is bad for their health. Rather than, you know, asking the women directly if they smoke.

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Ohio’s ‘Pregnancy-Blind’ Policies

A new mother in Ohio is fired for taking leave days after the birth of her baby. The Ohio Supreme Court rules the termination is perfectly legal.

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Male Sympathy Pregnancy: Real, or a Scam for Ice-Cream?

Researchers recently identified “Couvade Syndrome”  -  sympathetic pregnancy in males. Despite the backing of the medical establishment, can pregnant women take their partners “phantom” pregnancy symptoms seriously?

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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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