Referring to vaginal birth as “natural” isn’t just troubling because it is imprecise; it also contributes to a value-laden judgment of mothers’ experiences that can lead to compromised emotional and physical health.
A new report from Choices in Childbirth adds to a body of evidence that doula care should be included in health plans and made available to all women, particularly women of color, who face disproportionate rates of maternal and infant mortality in the United States.
Earlier this year, a team of Swedish doctors announced the successful transplant of uteruses into nine women who hoped to become pregnant. Now, the first baby to be carried in one such womb has been born.
Many of the employers suing the federal government over the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive benefit, including Wheaton College in Illinois, fail to offer employees robust parental leave coverage, an analysis by RH Reality Check shows.
Until the Irish government repeals the Eighth Amendment and replaces the new unworkable law with policies that facilitate rather than obstruct access to abortion, women will continue to be seen simply as means to an end.
The stories of women who participated in focus groups led by SisterSong, included in a new report, convey the gross under-education and discriminatory treatment of Black women living in the South, in particular, where sexual and reproductive health education is nonexistent and stigma is rampant.
The hospital has threatened to perform cesarean surgery on Jennifer Goodall “with or without [her] consent.”
Women should be free to choose their childbirth experience, whether it be in a hospital or in the woods. But I fear that Born in the Wild will be a disingenuous attempt to suggest that modern medicine ruined childbirth.
A lawsuit filed by a New York woman against a local hospital alleges that she was forced to undergo a c-section
against her will. The suit is believed to be the first to raise a claim under a New York public health law detailing the rights of patients at hospitals in the state, but experts worry that such cases could become more common.
Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife provides an anecdotal look back at Ellen Cohen’s nearly three-decade-long tenure as a midwife. By turns, the book is heartbreaking and exhilarating.