The doula community may be growing, but it is still struggling with mainstream understanding and acceptance.
A new report from Choices in Childbirth adds to a body of evidence that doula care should be included in health plans and made available to all women, particularly women of color, who face disproportionate rates of maternal and infant mortality in the United States.
A doula with knowledge of the institutionalized oppressions that make it difficult to find support for many reproductive health decisions is able to provide care regardless of the decision an individual makes while pregnant.
Doulas have increased in number and popularity in recent years. But as a whole, what are we working toward? The goal of having a doula for every birth may not be feasible. It also may not bring about the radical change we seek.
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!
A group of concerned advocates rally to help Christine Taylor–the young mother accused of “attempted feticide” under Iowa’s anti-choice feticide law– put her life back together after the charges are dropped.
Think you have a say in the birth of your child? Not at the Aspen Women’s Center you don’t! Check out TheUnnecesarean.com for more – and enter her hilarious contest spoofing this absurd sign.
The New York Times‘ lengthy feature on home birth; Frank Schaeffer’s open letter to Obama on how to sieze this moment to start healing deep political divisions about abortion; Feminists say the work has just begun; Migrant workers in Asia especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
During a time when abortion politics are the wedge issue dividing the social justice movement, some doulas are working across issue lines to provide women with the support they need for all their decisions.
At least 7 percent of incarcerated women are pregnant when they are sent to prison, with little access to health care or pregnancy resources. A group of Washington state doulas are there for them though.