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Epidural Please: Respecting All Choices in Childbirth

There is a subtle message–often coming from other women–that to truly experience childbirth, women must eschew medical interventions, including pain medication, and go “natural.” But some women are happy to put their deliveries in the hands of the medical establishment with its rules and regulations, its operating rooms, its NICUs, and its drugs. That’s a good choice, too.

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Morning Roundup: Nancy Pelosi Fires Back

Pelosi speaks out on the anti-choice assault on women’s rights, a Thai airline seeks to hire transgender women as flight attendants, women use less epidural anesthesia during labor when they control their own pain relief, and a heart-breaking attack on women’s shelters in Afghanistan.

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Roundup: Making Birth Control Available at Bruce Randolph Public School

A Denver school makes borth control available to its students, and parents as far away as Alabama are upset.  Plus, more from the “anti-epidural” legislator

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Roundup: Want to Anger a LOT of Women? Propose Eliminating Epidurals to “Save Money”

One Utah legislator has a fantastic way to save some money: stop allowing epidurals during birth.

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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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