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The Best and the Worst Places To Be A Mom

A new report produced by Save the Children ranks the best – and the worst- places to be a mother around the world.

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Goodbye To The Only Midwife on TV

One of the midwives on public television is gone. Instead of rolling my eyes at writers’ poor choice of plot development, I’d like to hear from the community what other accessible television and video represents midwives.

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Solidarity Now! The Eleventh Hour for NYC Midwives.

NYC’s midwife-friendly St. Vincent’s Hospital is now closed, leaving women planning births both in and out of the hospital in the cold. What can New Yorkers do to help, and what does this mean for the rest of us?

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Doctors v. Midwives: A Gross Double Standard?

Doctors in North Carolina performed a cesarean section on a woman who was not pregnant. The disciplinary action? A public “letter of concern.” A midwife would have had her license revoked. What’s wrong with this picture?

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Expanded Support for Midwifery Services a Win-Win in Health Reform

As an addendum to yesterday’s a broad-brush overview of the implications for women of the health reform, here is an overview of how the bill addresses midwifery provided by certified nurse-midwives and expands the conditions under which nurse-midwives may provide broader health care services.

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The Real Danger in Black Communities: Maternal and Infant Mortality

If the Radiance Foundation is truly concerned about black children, then it should focus on eliminating the undeniable dangers of maternal and infant mortality in the black community.

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Midwives Barred From California Hospital

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.”

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VBAC: A Modern Frontier for Choice Advocates

More and more women are being refused the right to give birth on their own terms as more and more hospitals ban women from VBACs. Choice means that a woman must have the freedom and support to compare the risks of VBAC and the risks of cesarean surgery.

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Choice Also Means Choices in Birth

Choices In Birth means something immeasurable to birth. It means birth options are here, now, in her town, in your town, in any town. It means that birth options are available to this woman, to that woman, to any woman. Choice rebirthed and the world made bigger because of more birth options for more women.

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Protecting Reproductive Rights at Delivery

Despite the financial resources commanded by hospital-based birth
services, many experts, economists, and advocates are alarmed at the state of U.S. maternity care, which is driven by high rates of unproven medical interventions.

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