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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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Roundup: What’s Next for Clinton, Doulas Behind Bars, the Michael Gerson Watch and the APA on Gender Dysphoria

Doris Kearns Goodwin offers ideas on Clinton’s next steps, doulas assist mothers behind bars, Population Action International gives Michael Gerson a reality check, and the APA considers removing gender identity disorder from the DSM-V.

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When Motherhood Can Do What Rehab Can’t

The view that motherhood is a woman-taming tool isn’t limited to religious fanatics – witness the tabloid fascination with Nicole Richie’s (presumably) unplanned stumble into parenting.

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Sex And The City: Eww It’s For Girls!

There was no way a two-hour film version of “Sex and the City” would live up to the complexity of the six-series-long show. But did half the characters need to be so flat, and the show’s attempt at racial diversity such a misfire?

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Lesbian Refused IVF Treatment in California

A case before the California Supreme Court, brought by a woman refused in vitro fertilization by her doctors because she is a lesbian, serves as a reminder that medical discrimination is still a real threat for many Americans.

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Taking ‘Baby Mothers’ For Granted

Because we live in societies that conceive of motherhood as “natural,” policymakers haven’t created adequate support systems for our diverse needs.

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Surrogacy Bill Passes Minnesota Legislature

A bill to set the ground rules for contracts between gestational carriers and intended parents passed the Minnesota House last Monday, but only after issues such as abortion and gay adoption made their way into the debate.

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Teen Moms Mainstreamed as P Schools Vanish

One third of young women who drop out of high school cite pregnancy and/or motherhood as the reason. But in recent years, special schools for pregnant students have been phased out in favor of mainstreaming. What’s next?

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“What If Your Mother Had Aborted You?”

Far too much is made of a mother’s obligations to her children and far too little of a child’s love for her mother. If fetuses could love, I think they would be as passionate in defense of their mothers as born children become.

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Celebrating Courageous Acts of Motherhood

This Mother’s Day, move beyond brunch to acknowledge the courageous acts of all mothers, and wake up Monday morning ready to work toward a world in which pregnancy, parenting, abortion and adoption choices are all honored fully and equally.

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