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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
The New York legislature approved loosening restrictions governing midwifery with the Midwifery Modernization Act, and new hips for new moms.
A new report produced by Save the Children ranks the best – and the worst- places to be a mother around the world.