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Health Care Reform Will Improve Maternity Care

Childbirth Connection has thrown its support behind the House’s health care reform bill because it takes a big step toward widening access to evidence-based maternity care.

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New York Gov. Paterson Promises to Sign Anti-Shackling Bill

A spirited group of protesters gathered outside New York Gov. David Paterson’s office today elicited the governor’s promise to sign legislation that would prohibit the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women during labor and after delivery.

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When Sexism is Deadly

Indifference to maternal mortality is closely related to indifference to women’s reproductive rights.

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Birthing Chains: Anti-Shackling Rally in New York

Only four states have policies that bar the shackling of pregnant women in prisons, jails, and detention centers.
With nearly unanimous legislative support for the Anti-Shackling Bill,
New York looks like its on the verge of becoming the fifth state to
restrict a practice that is considered torture by the United
Nations–but only if Governor Dave Paterson allows it into law. Urge Governor Paterson to sign the bill at the Anti-Shackling Rally on July 9.

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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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Breast, Bottle, and the Beauty of Motherhood

This Mother’s Day, instead of lining up on one side of the breast- vs. bottle-feeding debate or another, let’s question why society isn’t providing mothers with more options to make the decisions mamas believe are best for them and their babies.

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The Cost of Being Born At Home

Upwardly-mobile moms may finally be catching on to the benefits of midwifery and homebirth, but low-income women are still firmly planted in the hospital, most often with medicalized births overseen by doctors.

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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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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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Poland Says No to Pain-Free Childbirth

Poland is struggling with record low numbers of women having children. So why would the Minister of Health suggest that the national health care plan no longer fund anesthetization during delivery?

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