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Why Health Care Reform is Important to Cesarean Section Mothers

Today, while many are cheering the passing of the reform, others are thumbing their nose at it. I sit here in the middle of the road but certainly grateful for a specific portion of this bill not allowing providers to deny medical coverage for pre-existing medical conditions.

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Risky Business: Pregnant in America

Pregnant women in the U.S. have a greater risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth related complications than women in 40 other countries around the world.  It’s past time to fix this.

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Colorado Maternity Care Mandate Raises Pro-choice Hackles

A seemingly feel-good bill to require insurance plans to cover maternity care and contraception in Colorado is fraught with problems that could have been solved by long-delayed federal legislation.

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The Cure for An Ailing Maternity Care System

Maternity care is big business in the U.S…$86 billion big. With that kind of investment, you’d think women and their newborn babes in this country would be entering the postpartum recovery period universally healthy and happy. Not so.

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The Handmaid’s Tale Comes to Life

The hijacking of abortion rights as a bargaining chip for the provision of health care is morally reprehensible and if it stands will result in significant harms to women’s health. Yet this is only one aspect of reproductive rights.

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Colorado Lawmaker Pushes Bill to Require Insurance Coverage of Birth Control and Maternity Care

A Colorado lawmaker is pushing a bill to require insurance coverage of both birth control and maternity care–not now widely available in the state–calling his bill a “no-brainer.”

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Pregnant in Colorado? One Reporter’s Search (and Failure) to Find Maternity Coverage

Posing as a 34 year-old woman whose COBRA insurance was running out, this reporter went in search of an individual insurance plan that included maternity coverage in case of a future pregnancy and found not one, single plan in the entire state of Colorado that would cover maternity care.

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Roundup: Is Abortion a Deal Breaker?, Righting the Discriminatory Wrongs in Health Care Reform, Too Late for Nadya Sulyeman

What do pro- and anti-choice lawmakers, advocates and others have to say about abortion in health care reform efforts? In good news, the latest version of health care reform legislation includes tremendous boons for women’s health. And assisted reproductive technology findings come too late for Nadya  Sulyeman…

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National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) – Contest Winners Selected

NAPW has selected the winners of its first law student writing contest on the topic of challenging denial of vaginal delivery to women with a prior cesarean surgery.

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Protecting Reproductive Rights at Delivery

Despite the financial resources commanded by hospital-based birth
services, many experts, economists, and advocates are alarmed at the state of U.S. maternity care, which is driven by high rates of unproven medical interventions.

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