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Mommie Dearest: Florida Hospital Tried To Force C-Section On A Mom

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A Florida mother gave birth to her fourth baby this past Friday amidst a hell of a controversy. Jennifer Goodall, who has had three previous C-sections, had been hoping to attempt a vaginal birth with her fourth delivery. However, her providers at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte were not on board with her wishes and went as far as saying that they would perform a C-section on Goodall against her will if need be. Earlier this month, Goodall received a letter from the hospital’s Chief Financial Officer informing her that they were going to seek a court order that would allow them to perform a C-section surgery on her without consent. Goodall also learned that the hospital planned to report her to the Department of Children and Family Services, threatening the custody of her other children.

At 41 weeks pregnant, Goodall and her lawyers fought back, but she was still frightened to enter a hospital that threatened to perform surgery on her against her will. In the end, she delivered at another hospital, one that honored her request to attempt a vaginal birth, despite it ending in a fourth cesarean. Goodall was not looking to go against best practices, and she wasn’t even against the idea of a c-section. All she wanted was a shot at birthing her baby vaginally. Keep reading »

Dude Suffers Terrifying Seven-Week Erection After Biking Accident

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After a mountain biking crash, a 22-year-old Irish man found himself with an erection that lasted for seven weeks. When he slammed into his handle bars during the crash, he was left with a hard-on that just wouldn’t quit. He kept the result of his “irregular bloodflow” to himself for five weeks (how he managed that is beyond me) and finally paid a visit to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, where it took doctors two weeks to find a way to treat it. His otherwise good health made the rare case even more baffling. Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Why Highly Qualified Veteran Nurses Are Being Sent Back To School

What would you do if your employer told you that you had to go back to school for more training in your profession — even after years, maybe decades, working in a field you’ve already excelled in? Ask a nurse.

New recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, a non-profit group that advises the government and industry on health issues, are pushing for 80 percent of all nurses to obtain Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing by 2020 in an effort to improve patient care. Their belief is that patients receive better care in hospitals where nurses have higher-level academic degrees.

But while exhausted RNs are neck deep in their Nutrition textbooks after working 12-hour shifts, I’d like to take this opportunity to say that I think this is complete bullshit. Keep reading »

Most Women Have Never Been Asked About Domestic Violence By Their Doctors

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  • A whopping 76 percent of women have never been asked about domestic violence during a medical exam, according to a shocking new study from More magazine and the Verizon Foundation.  My gyno always asks me about how my partners treat me and yours should, too — let them know you feel this way. [Feministing]
  • Here’s Jaclyn Friedman, Yes Means Yes co-editor, on how the “men’s rights” movement is hurting women — and men, too. [American Prospect]
  • More TV shows are now portraying Black women as complex, emotional human beings rather than the tired stereotype of the “strong Black woman.” [BuzzFeed]
  • Saudi Arabia is warning women who plan to break the law and drive cars on Saturday that they will be “disturbing the public peace.” Remember, ladies, driving is also bad for your ovaries. [USA Today] Keep reading »

Howard University Med Students Petition Bravo To Cancel “Married To Medicine”

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Med students from Howard University College Of Medicine started a Change.org petition to urge Bravo to cancel a new reality show, “Married To Medicine.” The reality TV program set to debut on March 24 portrays the ups-and-downs for black women doctors and doctors’ wives/socialites in Atlanta. Keep reading »

What You Need To Know About Your Prescriptions

Last week was rough on my poor nose. After excessive bleeding (ewwwwww) my sadistic doctor thought the best way to help me out and become my BFF was to shove lots of random things up my nasal passage. Don’t worry, it’s not you, this tale does sound like a bad prison porno. Well, my doc wasn’t going about winning my lifelong friendship until he pulled out the prescription pad and said “I am writing you a prescription for painkillers.” My eyes brightened considerably. Not that I am a huge drug addict, but with a nose shoved full of who knows what getting larger by the second, and a temper tantrum increasing by the second, painkillers seemed like a brilliant idea. In his defense, he did warn me that I should only take Vicodin once I was in bed. Did I listen…oh no. Keep reading »

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