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Where Are Pro-Choice Organizations in Birth Activism?

Pro-choice groups work strenuously to protect our rights and provide affordable, essential care. But when it comes to choosing where and with which kind of provider to give birth, they are silent. Why?

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International Day of the Midwife

Since tomorrow, May 5, is the International Day of the Midwife, I thought it fitting to take a moment to both acknowledge the day and why it’s so important to me to link discussions about midwifery and childbirth to the broader reproductive and sexual health and rights movement in the U.S.

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NIH Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Panel: Do Pregnant Women Have Full Decision Making Power?

The accessibility and safety of VBACs or vaginal birth after cesarean section have become issues of controversy for pregnant women and a cause for birth and reproductive justice advocates. Now an independent panel has concluded that, in fact, VBACs should be more accessible – in most circumstances.

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“Laboring Under An Illusion:” RH Reality Check Talks to Filmmaker Vicki Elson

Childbirth
educator and documentary filmmaker, Vicki Elson likes to say, aside from the
typical hospital birth, there are essentially three kinds of births on
television.

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