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C-Sections: The New Pre-Existing Condition

Think everything is ok with the health system? Maybe if you are a fetus. Otherwise, prepare to suffer under the mountain of pre-existing conditions for which insurance companies are seeking to reduce or eliminate coverage. C-sections are considered a pre-existing condition and the lack of maternity care coverage is justified because “having a child is a choice.”

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Health Care Reform Will Improve Maternity Care

Childbirth Connection has thrown its support behind the House’s health care reform bill because it takes a big step toward widening access to evidence-based maternity care.

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Listen Up! Maternal Health, Purity Myths and Female Sexual Power on WBAI (and WBAI.org)

This Friday, August 21st from 1:00-2:00 pm EST, listen in as Jennifer Block, Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman talk to Women’s Media Center’s Tristan Aaron about taking care of pregnant and laboring mamas in this country, the big fail of abstinence-only programs and creating a culture of female sexual empowerment.

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The Connection Between American and Third World Maternity Care

Anyone whose work focuses on getting enough medical care to third world women should do it with the knowledge of the experiences of American women. Otherwise their stance becomes pro-cesarean and not pro-evidence-based-medicine. It indicates the ignorance of thinking American healthcare is the best healthcare, and promotes the least cost-effective and most inefficient model of maternity care in developing countries

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New Laws in India Target Mothers’ Workplace Equality, Leave Out Fathers

While being sensitive towards the demands on women with regard to parenting, the new law does little to promote the notion of child-rearing as a shared responsibility.

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Poland Says No to Pain-Free Childbirth

Poland is struggling with record low numbers of women having children. So why would the Minister of Health suggest that the national health care plan no longer fund anesthetization during delivery?

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