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NIH Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Panel: Do Pregnant Women Have Full Decision Making Power?

The accessibility and safety of VBACs or vaginal birth after cesarean section have become issues of controversy for pregnant women and a cause for birth and reproductive justice advocates. Now an independent panel has concluded that, in fact, VBACs should be more accessible – in most circumstances.

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Small Reservation Hospital Contributes to Growing Proof We Can Do Better in Birthing

A small Arizona hospital run by the Navajo nation outperforms much larger and more highly-resourced facilities in reducing the rate of unnecessary c-sections.

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U.S. Home Births Rise And It’s Not Because of Ricki Lake

Home births rise in the United States deflating the current myth that women chose out-of-hospital birth for “frivolous, selfish, or trendy reasons.”

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Caution: Pregnancy May Be Hazardous to Your Liberty

With Congress deadlocked on health reform, some state legislators are working to make it more difficult for women to access health care and much easier for states to put them, and the people who help them, in jail.

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Mississippi Advocates Defeat Bill to Criminalize Midwifery

Mississippi advocates defeated a bill to criminalize certified professional midwives and are working to expand access to pregnancy and childbirth care.

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Help for Christine Taylor: Victim of Iowa’s Feticide Law

A group of concerned advocates rally to help Christine Taylor–the young mother accused of “attempted feticide” under Iowa’s anti-choice feticide law– put her life back together after the charges are dropped.

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Wyoming to Legalize Midwifery?

Certified professional midwives in Wyoming may no longer be considered criminals if a new bill to establish a Board of Midwifery in the state passes. 

 

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Text4Baby: New Media Health Care

Can texting improve your health? An unprecedented public-private partnership begets a new media effort to reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health in the United States.

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Giving Birth in the Streets: Haiti’s Pregnant Women Need Help

Pregnant women in Haiti are among the hardest hit and because of high maternal mortality rates in Haiti were in peril even before the earthquake. A handful of organizations are responding.

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“Laboring Under An Illusion:” RH Reality Check Talks to Filmmaker Vicki Elson

Childbirth
educator and documentary filmmaker, Vicki Elson likes to say, aside from the
typical hospital birth, there are essentially three kinds of births on
television.

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