Recent opposition from the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists frustrates efforts of midwifery advocates to ensure safe and available home births for pregnant women who want them.
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.
Currently, Missouri midwives must have a nursing degree and work under a doctor’s supervision — otherwise, they are committing a felony. A Senate bill under consideration would expand women’s birthing options — but the Missouri State Medical Association is fighting back.
The same oppressive cultural mechanisms that restrict women’s abilities to make decisions about when to have children also affect their decisions regarding where, how, and with whom to birth those children.
What new mothers don’t know can hurt them. Postpartum depression can have a devastating effect but these women prove there can be a way out.
Diverse women tell their birth stories in playwright Karen Brody’s “Birth,” now playing in New York City.
Childbirth is more dangerous than most Americans realize, but maternal health isn’t an issue in the 2008 election.
Why is improving maternal health the “most elusive” of the UN Millennium Goals? Perhaps because it requires us to talk about how much societies value women.
States, not necessarily women, win when medical technology invades every aspect of pregnancy and childbirth.
The News & Observer features a terrific presentation from photojournalist Juli Leonard about a home birth with a local Midwife. Watch the video!