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Motherhood in America: Some Apples for Your Pie

If motherhood is “the only life sentence without chance at parole you can get without committing a crime,” low-income motherhood is infinitely harder still. Still, we judge these mothers and make their lives harder, as we force them into it.

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Barriers to Home Birth Fall in Washington State

Thanks to a history of expansive access to midwifery care and a number of big legislative gains, low-income women in Washington State now have more birthing options than most women around the country.

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Roundup: How Beneficial Is Breastfeeding?

How beneficial is breastfeeding?; Vatican rejects Caroline Kennedy as ambassador; abortion legislation in Kansas after Sebelius; comparing the struggles for marriage equality and reproductive rights.

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Exemptions from Military Service: Mothers in the Military and Fathers at Home?

Should the Army have exempted a mother from active-duty service because she has two young children, when her husband could have cared for them?

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Can We Please Stop Blaming Women for C-Sections?

Women are not “electing” to put their babies at risk by choosing c-section. Women being backed into a corner and told what’s best, then publicly shamed for “asking for it.”

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India’s Women and Girls Fight Second-Class Status

While pregnant women’s lack of access to basic medical facilities in India is entrenched, social attitudes around the accepted role of women as childbearers worsen maternal health in the country.

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Roundup: Opposition to HHS Rule; Religious Right Leaders Grumble Over Warren’s Planned Invocation

Reporting on the widespread opposition to HHS rule; religious right leaders grumble over Warren’s planned invocation; make mothers vectors for health information; Ariel Levy reviews new and old editions of “Joy of Sex,” “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

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Midwives Deliver

America is overspending and under-serving women and families. The problem is not access to care; it is the care itself.

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First IVF Baby Turns 30

As a women’s health community, we must grapple with the ethical, moral, legal and financial impacts of IVF before others tell us what’s best for our bodies and our children.

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The Myth of the Elective C-Section

When the media covers the rising rate of c-section, it’s often ready to lay the blame at the feet of a woman we’re come to know well over the last few years — the busy career mom scheduling her delivery between important business deals. But while some moms may be requesting surgical birth, research shows that has little to do with the overall increase in c-section rates nationwide.

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