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