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A Birth Space Revolution?

Midwives have always placed a great deal of importance on the physical space for childbirth, the personal relationships of those who attend the birth, and the metaphysics of the birth spaces to which women will consciously or unconsciously respond. A new book details, for providers, just how critical these elements are to an optimal birth experience – and how most birthing women currently don’t have these options.

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Senator Maria Cantwell: Champion for Reproductive Justice

I know that
you will fight as hard against Stupak-like language in the Senate
healthcare bill as you always do for women and families.

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Roundup: US News Gets It All Wrong, A Real Live Internet Birth?!, Jesus and Frozen Embryos

US News & World Report offers up an entirely incorrect report of what the Stupak Amendment does, a young woman gives birth and you can watch it live on the internet!, Broadsheet calls for clearly identifying Jesus in the details of an article on IVF.

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In Which The Stupak Amendment Rains On My Parade

My tax dollars pay for military action I do not support, and
anti-abortion people refuse to allow premiums paid by individual women to go
toward abortion coverage within their health plan. Why is my concern for life
less valid?

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If You Want A Say In Your Own Birth Process, Please Leave Now

Think you have a say in the birth of your child? Not at the Aspen Women’s Center you don’t! Check out TheUnnecesarean.com for more – and enter her hilarious contest spoofing this absurd sign.

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Push, Push, Push – Certified Professional Midwifery In Health Care Reform

Time is running out to ask your Senators to sponsor an amendment that would ensure Certified Professional Midwives are covered under Medicaid, in the Senate health care reform bill. Midwifery gives low risk pregnant and birthing women a safe option and reduces overall costs in health care as well!

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A Midwife Speaks: When Birth Costs Are Too High, Health Can Be Compromised

When some women are literally begging their midwife not to transfer them to a hospital because they can’t afford to pay the costs associated with a hospital birth, or women must spend part of their pregnancy searching for ways to pay for prenatal care instead of actually getting the care they need, we’re talking about a crisis of coverage in this country.

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Midwife Connection: How Is Real Midwifery Practiced?

Whenever I think about midwifery as a career, I remember Sister Angela Murdaugh’s words: “Midwifery is a calling. If you do not believe that you were called, you should get out of midwifery.”
But, how do we know if we were called?

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A Man’s Perspective on Midwifery and Gender

It’s National Midwifery Week! Today a male midwife asks how midwifery can guard against gender discrimination against male midwives while also honoring the rights of women who prefer female care providers.

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Midwife Connection: Should Pregnant Women Take the H1N1 Vaccine?

During National midwifery week, a midwife recommends the swine flu vaccine for pregnant women in the United States and offers up more resources and information.

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