Maternity group homes are not just a thing of the past. Many provide badly needed assistance to a vulnerable population. However, there is also reason to fear that some young women are being subjected to a variety of coercions under the guise of "choice."
Women Deliver marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the global Safe Motherhood Initiative. Its research led to impressive gains in many places, but there is still much more to be done to reduce maternal and newborn deaths.
Amie Newman interviews Jennifer Block about her new book "Pushed: the Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care," taking us on a sincere truth-seeking expedition to discover why childbirth has become "medicalized" around the United States.
As a Licensed Midwife, Tracy Cooper discusses the benefits of and challenges to midwifery care, which is part of a larger conversation about reproductive rights, health care rights, and basic human rights.
The women's movement has fought hard to illuminate and dismantle institutionalized oppression, yet it has been more visible in its support of the right to terminate pregnancy than the right to birth in a fully supported and culturally appropriate setting. Birth is an experience that differs greatly along class and race lines.
Maternal mortality in the United States is under-reported and increasing, and we have a higher infant mortality rate than many other industrialized countries. In many of the countries with better outcomes, midwives are the primary care providers for pregnant women.