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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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HIV Positive Laboring Woman Denied Help, Births On Street

A 28 year-old woman in India, in labor outside of Hyderabad in the town of Suryapet, birthed in the street on Sunday evening covered by saris, with only the assistance of the woman who brought her to a hospital initially along with some local women who stepped up to help.

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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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Why Is the Arizona Immigration Law A ‘Women’s Issue?’

With the recent passage of the most extreme state immigration law in the country, immigration advocates are speaking up about why the Arizona law is a women’s health and rights issue as much as anything else.

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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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A Child Is Born; A Mother is Born

Birth is not only about bringing a child into this world, it’s also about bringing a mother into the world. While the safe and healthy birth of the baby should be a concern, becoming a mother is also transformative and monumental.

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What would Mother’s Day be without reproductive health?

Working in the global reproductive health arena, I think about the profound grief my own mother experienced having lost a child and then about the millions of women around the world who face this sort of grief as a part of their daily lives because they lack access to reproductive health care. But we can make a change this Mother’s Day.

 

 

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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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Ecuador Reduces Maternal Deaths

According to a report by Gonzalo Ortiz of InterPress News Service (IPS), Ecuador has achieved a steep decline in maternal deaths and illness through a model program “centered on the mother’s needs and not those of the doctor or midwife.”

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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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