As we prepare to honor our mothers, I am struck by the difference between my mother’s childbearing experiences and my own. I had many choices; she had few.
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.
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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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?
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.”
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.
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.”
America is overspending and under-serving women and families. The problem is not access to care; it is the care itself.
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.