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Successful Home Visit Program for Mothers and Infants Lacks Long-Term Funding

(left to right) Chrystal Towne, RN; her former client, Sheren Sucilla, and Darcy Lowell, MD, testify on the effectiveness of the Maternal, Infant and EArly Childhood Home Visiting Program in the hearing room of the House Ways and Means Committee.

A hearing on the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program revealed impressive results for the low-income families it serves, and the money it saves taxpayers. But its funding runs out in six months.

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Stoking Fire: Doulas as ‘Birth Ambassadors’

From the cover of Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America.

Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America by Christine H. Morton and Elayne G. Clift is a detailed look at childbirth practices that zeroes in on the difficult and sometimes contradictory roles played by members of hospital labor-and-delivery teams.

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Double the Trouble, But Way More Than Twice the Price: Why Is Having Multiples So Expensive?

A new study shows that the cost of having twins is five times higher than the cost of having one baby; triplets or more can cost as much as $400,000. The researchers suggest this is yet another reason to reduce the number of embryos transferred during in vitro fertilization.

A new study shows that the cost of having twins is five times higher than the cost of having one baby; triplets or more can cost as much as $400,000. The researchers suggest this is yet another reason to reduce the number of embryos transferred during in vitro fertilization.

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Why a 20-Week Abortion Ban Is Unthinkable: One Woman’s Near-Death Experience

A federal judge has declared part of Texas' abortion law to be unconstitutional, blocking a provision that requires abortion providers to secure admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of where they perform abortion procedures.

Childbearing is inherently dangerous, and it is time that the risks of pregnancy became a part of our national conversation about contraception and abortion.

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Misoprostol Is a Game-Changer for Safe Abortion and Maternal Health Care. Why Isn’t it More Widely Available?

Misoprostol – Have you heard about this small, inexpensive, and most importantly- available - pill that can save women’s lives?

If we have a cheap and readily available drug that can prevent and treat the two largest causes of maternal mortality worldwide—postpartum hemorrhage and unsafe abortion—why have we not taken more advantage of it?

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Sexual Health Roundup: Childbirth May Cause Post-Traumatic Stress but Not Memory Loss

In this week’s sexual health roundup: one study shows us that a significant proportion of women experience post-traumatic stress disorder in women (especially those who don’t use pain medications) while another one suggests that childbirth may improve memory function. A study in men suggests that obesity is linked to erectile dysfunction. 

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Sexual and Reproductive Health: the Year in Review

For much of the world, it’s the time of year for family, feasting, present giving, and of course the annual review. They always say if you can’t beat them join them, so here’s Marie Stopes International’s look back at what proved to be a pivotal year in sexual and reproductive health, and a peek forward at 2012.

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Increased Investment in Midwifery Services Can Save 3.6 Million Lives Annually

Thirty-eight of 58 countries surveyed may fail to meet their target of 95 percent coverage by skilled attendants by 2015 unless an additional 120,000 midwives are trained, deployed and retained. A new report also indicates that upgrading midwifery services could save more than 3.6 million lives each year by 2015.

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