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The Way We Talk About Midwifery Care Matters

Even as it championed midwives in a recent op-ed, the New York Times editorial board unwittingly slipped into language that suggests midwifery care is a second-tier option—language that reflects broader public attitudes throughout the United States.

Even as it championed midwives in a recent piece, the New York Times editorial board unwittingly slipped into language that suggests midwifery care is a second-tier option—language that reflects broader public attitudes throughout the United States.

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A Baby Coming Out of a Vagina Is a Vaginal Birth: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Natural’

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.

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.

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We Need Doula Care to Achieve Reproductive Justice

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.

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.

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Buffalo Clinic First in the Nation to Offer Both Abortion and Birthing Services

"We’re working to give women the opportunity to have the birth they want or the abortion they need," said Katharine Morrison, who has owned Buffalo Womenservices since 2005.

“We’re working to give women the opportunity to have the birth they want or the abortion they need,” said Katharine Morrison, who has owned Buffalo Womenservices since 2005.

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The Parent Gap: Many Challengers of Birth Control Benefit Don’t Offer Parental Leave Either

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.

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.

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‘Born in the Wild’? The Problems With Lifetime’s New Reality Show

Born in the Wild will follow birthing women who eschew hospitals and doctors for babbling brooks and fields of wildflowers.

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.

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Midwives Fight to Make Their Practice Legal Again in Delaware

A new bill introduced in the state legislature last week aims to change that, and is one example of how a growing movement of midwives is seeking to change inconsistent state laws that often criminalize their practice.

Currently, in Delaware, it’s effectively illegal for a trained, certified midwife to attend a home birth. A new bill introduced in the state legislature last week aims to change that, and is one example of how a growing movement of midwives is seeking to change inconsistent state laws that often criminalize their practice.

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Stoking Fire: ‘Laboring,’ A Midwife’s Tale

Cover of Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife.

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.

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Research Shows Philadelphia Failing UN Maternal and Infant Health Goals

Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?

Philadelphia’s dire performance can be attributed to the collision of two major factors: widespread, profound poverty and a sharp reduction in the number of hospitals providing maternity care.

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West Virginia Anti-Choice Doctor’s Complaint Against Nurse-Midwife Is Dismissed

Two South Dakota bills that would have imposed severe restrictions on abortion procedures as well as penalties on abortion providers, including possible life in prison, will not move forward in the legislature.

A complaint from anti-choice advocate Dr. Byron Calhoun arguing that criminal charges should be brought against a nurse-midwife whose patient needed an emergency cesarean section has been dismissed by the state’s nursing board.

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