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Laughing Gas for Labor? I’ve Been There

One publication asks why more women in the United States don’t have access to laughing gas during labor. 

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Are California’s For-Profit Hospitals Pushing C-Sections?

A study shows that expectant mothers in California may face more constrained choices in childbirth depending on whether they choose a non-profit or for-profit hospital.

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Maternal Health: Accountability and Behavior Change

Four days ago a young woman died giving birth in a bustling marketplace in New Delhi, just steps away from Parliament, and at the beginning of an international conference on maternal health. This is not acceptable.

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Does Refusing a C-Section = Child Abuse?

A woman comes into a hospital, in labor, refuses to pre-consent to a c-section, and has her baby whisked away under charges of child neglect?

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Of Belly Strips and Birth: What Exactly Are We Advancing?

In an article about the use of fetal heart rate monitors during labor, Alex Friedman wonders why this tool that seems to do “more harm than good” is being used during labor at all.

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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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Expanded Support for Midwifery Services a Win-Win in Health Reform

As an addendum to yesterday’s a broad-brush overview of the implications for women of the health reform, here is an overview of how the bill addresses midwifery provided by certified nurse-midwives and expands the conditions under which nurse-midwives may provide broader health care services.

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