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Stoking Fire: Doulas as ‘Birth Ambassadors’

From the cover of Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America.

Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America by Christine H. Morton and Elayne G. Clift is a detailed look at childbirth practices that zeroes in on the difficult and sometimes contradictory roles played by members of hospital labor-and-delivery teams.

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How Doulas and Abortion Funds Are Alike: Addressing Gaps in the Medical System, Without Judgement

We are both groups of people who arose to address fundamental gaps in our medical system, and we both provide unconditional and nonjudgmental support for pregnant people.

We are both groups of people that arose to address fundamental gaps in our medical system, and we both provide unconditional and nonjudgmental support for pregnant people.

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Pro-choice Pregnancy and the Politics of Language

There are many things that are different about the experience of carrying a pregnancy to term versus choosing to terminate, but one place where you’ll often notice a stark difference is in language.

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Is It Safe? Asking the Wrong Question in the Home Birth Debate

Recent conversations have focused on the question of whether home birth is safe. Here is why it’s the wrong question to be asking. 

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Maternity Care in a “Majority Minority” Country

Race-based maternal health disparities are no longer a concern of the minority — they are a concern of the majority. And they should be a top priority. If Medicaid doesn’t make room for alternative, potentially life saving maternal health models, we risk endangering the health of generations to come.

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Supporting Her Journey: A Full-Spectrum Doula’s Look at the Politics of Motherhood

The pro-choice movement and the birthing community alike are waking up to the fact that abortion rights and the rights of childbearing women are inextricably linked.

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Goodbye To The Only Midwife on TV

One of the midwives on public television is gone. Instead of rolling my eyes at writers’ poor choice of plot development, I’d like to hear from the community what other accessible television and video represents midwives.

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The Doula Movement: Making the Radical a Reality by Trusting Pregnant Women

The birth doula movement has certainly grown over the past few years, and innovative and radical projects have expanded care for pregnant people who might otherwise not receive it, such as young mothers and women in prison. During this time, The Doula Project has been building on a new model of doula care: one that supports pregnant people having abortions and choosing adoption.

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“Laboring Under An Illusion:” RH Reality Check Talks to Filmmaker Vicki Elson

Childbirth
educator and documentary filmmaker, Vicki Elson likes to say, aside from the
typical hospital birth, there are essentially three kinds of births on
television.

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‘My OB Said WHAT?!?’

A new web site collects "unbelievable but true" comments made to birthing, pregnant and postpartum women by their ob-gyns, midwives, and lactation consultants.  From the looks of it, it’s not hard to see why we’ve got a crisis of confidence in this country when it comes to women challenging the medical status-quo around childbirth.

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