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Afternoon Roundup: Salon on Why the Ethnicity and Race of an Arizona Shooting Hero Matters

One year after the earthquake in Haiti: what does it look like for women and girls in the camps?; Kanye West’s disturbing new music video; why exactly the ethnicity and sexuality of the Arizona shootings hero does matter and more.

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Home Birth “Common Ground”?

In a less well-known but no less controversial effort to find “common ground” a Home Birth Consensus summit seeks to bridge a divide between those who support and those who oppose expanded access to homebirth.

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Illinois’ Home Birth Safety Act Awaits Passage

It’s the bill advocates are calling “the solution to the Illinois home birth maternity care crisis” and some have been waiting 30 years for its passage. But a strong and active state medical association is blocking the bill at every turn. Why?

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Repro Rights Roundup: Afternoon-Style

Will Congress be voting for fair pay? Will women soon have access to certified professional midwives in Illinois? And are women in the U.S. really getting the message that we’re at risk of contracting HIV?

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Where Are Pro-Choice Organizations in Birth Activism?

Pro-choice groups work strenuously to protect our rights and provide affordable, essential care. But when it comes to choosing where and with which kind of provider to give birth, they are silent. Why?

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I Am A Midwife

I did not start out to become a midwife. But my journey through nursing school led me first to be a labor and delivery nurse, and then a midwife.  I will always be a midwife.

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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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Solidarity Now! The Eleventh Hour for NYC Midwives.

NYC’s midwife-friendly St. Vincent’s Hospital is now closed, leaving women planning births both in and out of the hospital in the cold. What can New Yorkers do to help, and what does this mean for the rest of us?

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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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UPDATED: Livetweeting a Home Birth

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

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