Midwives in California are fighting for their right to be reinstated at a hospital where administrators have so far provided no proof for their abrupt dismissal, saying only it was for “patient safety.”
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.
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.
Home births rise in the United States deflating the current myth that women chose out-of-hospital birth for “frivolous, selfish, or trendy reasons.”
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.
Mississippi advocates defeated a bill to criminalize certified professional midwives and are working to expand access to pregnancy and childbirth care.
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.
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.
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.
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.