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Afternoon Roundup: Iowa’s Egg-as-Person Bill Would Mean Women-as-Murderers

Iowa’s personhood bill has passed the House; President Obama’s FY 2012 budget and women’s and girls’ health; a new kind of HIV vaccine; and Mississippi midwifery!

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Home Birth “Common Ground”?

In a less well-known but no less controversial effort to find “common ground” a Home Birth Consensus summit seeks to bridge a divide between those who support and those who oppose expanded access to homebirth.

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Illinois’ Home Birth Safety Act Awaits Passage

It’s the bill advocates are calling “the solution to the Illinois home birth maternity care crisis” and some have been waiting 30 years for its passage. But a strong and active state medical association is blocking the bill at every turn. Why?

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Afternoon Roundup: CNN Asks “Is She A Hero Or A Danger?”

A woman births her fourth child at home, against the wishes of her doctor, after having had three prior c-sections and being told she’d need to have another; The ACLU urges the superintendent of the California school district where a young teen committed suicide from anti-gay bullying, to do something about it; and reproductive justice advocates in Minnesota fear they are in for a rough haul this upcoming legislative session.

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Afternoon Roundup: The Life and Times of Sexologist, Mystic and Madwoman Ida C. Craddock

International Violence Against Women Act moves one step closer to passage; a San Francisco birthing center is owed $20,000 by the state of California; and the utterly compelling life and times of sex activist Ida C. Craddock…what, you’ve never heard of her?

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Repro Rights Roundup: Afternoon-Style

Will Congress be voting for fair pay? Will women soon have access to certified professional midwives in Illinois? And are women in the U.S. really getting the message that we’re at risk of contracting HIV?

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I Am A Midwife

I did not start out to become a midwife. But my journey through nursing school led me first to be a labor and delivery nurse, and then a midwife.  I will always be a midwife.

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Does Health Care Reform Do Anything for Midwifery?

Health care reform has brought notable benefits to the practice of midwifery in the United States. The Affordable Care Act will help make midwifery care more accessible for patients and providers both.

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An American Midwife in Haiti

I traveled to Haiti for the first time in 2003.  I left there a different woman than I came. Women in Haiti are 70 times more likely than women in the U.S. to suffer and die from preventable conditions during pregnancy and childbirth.

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Roundup: Legislature Delivers for New York Midwives

The New York legislature approved loosening restrictions governing midwifery with the Midwifery Modernization Act, and new hips for new moms.

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