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A Doula’s Worth Calculated: $58 Million

New research out of the University of Minnesota finally puts a price tag on support, empathy, compassion, and preparation—the key characteristics of doula support during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Associate professor in the School of Public Health and author of the study, Katy Kozhimannil, confirmed what anecdotal history and other studies have already […]

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Looking in the Fun-house Mirror: Decoding Anti-Choice Spin

This post is originally published at Choice USA.  It is cross-posted with permission.   Do you ever look at anti-choice news websites? I wouldn’t recommend it, unless you want to spend a good hour or so hate-clicking on sensationally titled articles out of a masochistic fascination. Reading their take on things is like looking in […]

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New Study Reveals How Much Control Women Have Over The Number Of Births They Want And When

Juliet Kelso breaks down the results of a new CDC study that looks at American women and pregnancy trends.  This post originally appeared on Role/Reboot and is cross-posted with permission. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics just published its findings based on contextualized data from the 2011 National Survey […]

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Pregnant in Fracking Country?

It’s been a difficult year to be an American woman. Everyone who has never met you seems to have an opinion on how you should live your life. Never does this scrutiny exist more than when a woman is pregnant. From what I’ve noticed, pregnancy ups the invasive questioning ten fold. I’ve never been pregnant, but […]

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10 Tips for Avoiding Jail When You’re Pregnant

With little fanfare, authorities in the United States are being given new and unprecedented powers to subject women to surveillance, arrest, and imprisonment. Since we can’t assume our civil rights are secure, it would be helpful if we had some simple rules. Rules women can follow in order to avoid jail, especially when we are pregnant. […]

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Man, I Feel Like a Woman

HuffPost Women has a new campaign called “The Moment I Knew I Was a Woman, Not a Girl” in which users submit videos chronicling their exile from Girlville. It’s an interesting question, especially considering how dangerous it feels to be Living While Female these days. And it strikes to the core of gender, really.  Because it begs the […]

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No Mother’s Day: Every 90 Seconds a Woman Dies Becoming a Mother

Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn’t just a “third world” problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California. But what we do here ultimately affects women everywhere. […]

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Intimate Wars: Sex is Intimate. So is Pregnancy.

War can be an intimate experience, often in a deeply personal way, even though it’s a shared collective event.  People experience the physical effect of war through their bodies and perceive their emotional experience in their minds.  My grandmother lived through an occupation, and her strongest memories were of being hungry.  Of her brother being […]

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