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Mommie Dearest: Pregnant Women In The U.S. Deserve Access To Midwives

Mommie Dearest: Pregnant Women In The U.S. Deserve Access To Midwives

Earlier this month, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a U.K. organization that provides national health care advice and guidance, released a report on the care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth. The report stated that low-risk women would actually be safer delivering with a midwife — either at a birth center or at home — than with a physician at a hospital.

Ever since the report came out, there has been a lot of discussion as to how it might impact birth here in the United States. In fact, this week, The New York Times published a statement from their Editorial board, asking “Are Midwives Safer Than Doctors?”, and suggesting that many women would benefit from midwifery care. Like the Times, I too hope that NICE’s report will have an impact on the care received by those who are pregnant. I should note that I have a double stake in this issue. I’m currently working on my second book, this one delving into the concept of the “Perfect Birth.” I’m curious about the way we think about, talk about, and experience birth. I’ve teamed up with Deborah Wage, a Certified Nurse Midwife currently practicing at a university hospital. Together we’re looking at the research and data already out there on birth in this country as well as gathering our own, along with the stories of those giving birth to see how it all weaves together. The stories I have heard so far that span the spectrum of birth experiences is overwhelming. The way we treat women in this country is only magnified during the birth experience, where any semblance of control and autonomy is ignored, and marginalized women are treated poorly, resulting in poor birth outcomes for themselves and their babies. Just look at the basic facts and you can’t help but understand we have a problem. The U.S. spends the most when it comes to birth in the world, despite the fact that we’re the only developed nation whose maternal mortality rates continue to rise. Clearly, there is a systemic issue that needs to change.

But my interest in this is also personal. Keep reading »

Pregnant Woman Fired Over Frequent Bathroom Breaks

Pregnant Woman Fired For Bathroom Breaks

When Dawn Steckmann, an employee at a cellphone chip manufacturer in Beaverton, Ore., told her supervisor she was pregnant in 2011, she says he told her not to worry about clocking out during her more-frequent bathroom breaks. But when she became pregnant again in 2013, a bladder issue that arose during her first pregnancy had her going even more frequently and urgently—so much so that stopping to clock out would have caused her to have an accident. That’s what she states in her gender and discrimination lawsuit against Maxim Integrated Products, which fired her after a decade of work over the breaks, reports People. Read more on Newser…

A Supreme Court Case Could Protect Pregnant Workers

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  • The Supreme Court is going to hear a case that could result in greater job protections for pregnant women who need leave but don’t have maternity benefits. [NY Times]
  • The Chicago City Council has voted to raise the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour by 2018. [Salon]
  • Fast Company has joined the list of organizations that have remained willfully ignorant of the sharp and loud criticisms of prominent male “feminist” Charles Clymer. [Salon] Keep reading »

5 Interesting Facts I Learned From The Times‘ Graphs On Birth Control Effectiveness

The New York Times compiled data about birth control effectiveness for 15 different methods, over time, with perfect use and with typical use, and sorted them into handy-dandy interactive graphs. Birth control is sort of nightmarish for me because the least effective methods are non-invasive and non-hormonal, but those are the methods I have to use because I have horror story periods and react badly to hormonal medications. And also I do not want to get pregnant.

Anyway, here are some interesting facts I gleaned from the charts: Keep reading »

America Is Basically Criminalizing The Fact Of Being Female (And Pregnant) With Personhood Laws

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  • America is, in effect, criminalizing the very fact of having a female reproductive system. [NY Times]
  • Bangladesh had its first trans* pride march. [Raw Story]
  • Comedian Tig Notaro performed a comedy set topless after a double mastectomy. [Bitch] Keep reading »

Kourtney Kardashian’s Most Glowing Maternity Looks

As much as I detest the narcissistic mega-empire that the Kardashian sisters stand for, I can’t help but admire their style. While Kim’s high fashion look is objectively the most chic, I love Kourtney’s feminine and bubbly sartorial tastes — especially her maternity style. I’ve never been pregnant, but for the most part, it looks pretty uncomfortable, so I’m always impressed when ladies like Kourtney manage to dress so damn cute while battling swollen ankles and morning sickness. Kourtney has about a million assistants and as much maternity leave as she can dream of, so it’s not that tough for her, but all you real-life women out there who do the same deserve major cred. Click through for some of Kourtney’s most beaming, cheerful looks from all three of her pregnancies.

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