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A Baby Coming Out of a Vagina Is a Vaginal Birth: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Natural’

Referring to vaginal birth as "natural" isn’t just troubling because it is imprecise; it also contributes to a value-laden judgment of mothers’ experiences that can lead to compromised emotional and physical health.

Referring to vaginal birth as “natural” isn’t just troubling because it is imprecise; it also contributes to a value-laden judgment of mothers’ experiences that can lead to compromised emotional and physical health.

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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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New Definitions of Full-Term Pregnancy: Why They Matter

The new definitions hopefully will be a catalyst for the cultural shift toward allowing labor and delivery to begin on its own.

The new definitions endorsed by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists hopefully will be a catalyst for a cultural shift toward allowing labor to begin on its own.

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Drawing Attention to Poor Maternal Health Outcomes in the U.S.

I am concerned about the lack of coverage for the daily violation of women’s rights that occurs on the labor and delivery unit.

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Study: C-Section Rates To Keep Rising?

A new study in the American Journal of Obsetrics and Gynecology finds that not only do one out of every three births in this country occur via cesarean section, the rate is expected to rise. These findings come with frightening consequences for women and their newborns.

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A Man’s Perspective on Midwifery and Gender

It’s National Midwifery Week! Today a male midwife asks how midwifery can guard against gender discrimination against male midwives while also honoring the rights of women who prefer female care providers.

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Long Past Due: Constitution Protects Women in Prison from Unsafe Shackling During Childbirth

Last week a federal Court of Appeals held for the first time that the Constitution protects pregnant women in prison from unnecessary and unsafe shackling during labor and childbirth. Our video answers FAQs on shackling.

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In Labor and In Chains

Using restraints on women in prison during labor and delivery is cruel, inhumane and degrading and rarely justified on security grounds. Our video profiles a woman shackled during childbirth.

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Memo to ALL: “Personhood” Measures Really Will Hurt ALL Pregnant Women

Organizations committed to advancing a true culture of life, one that values the women who give that life, should join us in opposing Anti-Abortion “Personhood” Measures.

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