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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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Top Five Myths About Having A Home Birth

Before I considered a home birth, I thought it was a crazy idea. But now that I’ve had one, I’m here to dispel some serious myths for other women who may be considering home birth as well!

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‘Abortion Recovery’ Month? How About ‘Abortion Wellbeing Month’?

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s political decision to declare April “Abortion Recovery Month” for the women of Minnesota is unwelcomed by many, to say the least. Now Exhale, a nonprofit promoting well-being after abortion, has declared April “Abortion Wellbeing Month.”

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Got Breast Milk? First We Need Equity

The results of a study released this month in the journal Pediatrics shows breastfeeding can save money and lives. But along with facts and figures, we need rights and equality to increase breastfeeding rates in the U.S.

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Doctors v. Midwives: A Gross Double Standard?

Doctors in North Carolina performed a cesarean section on a woman who was not pregnant. The disciplinary action? A public “letter of concern.” A midwife would have had her license revoked. What’s wrong with this picture?

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UPDATED: Livetweeting a Home Birth

One woman’s labor and birth process unfolding live on Twitter – right now.

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Risky Business: Pregnant in America

Pregnant women in the U.S. have a greater risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth related complications than women in 40 other countries around the world.  It’s past time to fix this.

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Midwives Barred From California Hospital

Midwives in California are fighting for their right to be reinstated at a hospital where administrators have so far provided no proof for their abrupt dismissal, saying only it was for “patient safety.”

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(VIDEO) Why Health Reform Must Protect Private Insurance Coverage of Abortion Care: A Mother Speaks Out

“Under the Stupak Amendment, my baby would have died,” says Tiffany Campbell, mother of three from South Dakota.

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