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19-Year-Old Delivers Her Own Baby in Jail Cell

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

From the file of Birth Stories That Will Outrage You comes this Iowa story about a 19-year-old prisoner who gave birth alone, in her cell.

Terra Keil, an inmate at the Dubuque County Jail, said guards ignored her pleas for help. The teenager was arrested the night before giving birth for violating parole conditions stemming from an earlier drug charge — she told the Telegraph Herald a warrant was issued after she stopped meeting with her parole officer. Her intake records indicated that Keil … Read

Hospital Dramas Shift Focus to Nurses

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

A recent post on the end of “ER” sparked a discussion about medical accuracy and the portrayal of nurses. Two new television series premiering next month are likely to add to the debate.

Edie Falco (Carmela on “The Sopranos”) stars in Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” She plays a nurse at a New York City hospital who manages her work and domestic chaos with prescription pain medication. The series debuts Monday, June 8. Here’s a look at the trailer:

Showtime is also playing up wacky … Read

Our Sisterhood, Ourselves: A Look Back at the Origins of My

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Gail Shapiro’s life was transformed, and her work on behalf of women informed, by a conference held at Emmanuel College in Boston 40 years ago this month. This is her story:

The Sunday classifieds in the Boston Globe read: “Help Wanted – Men,” and “Help Wanted – Women.” There is no on-site day care. Fewer than 30% of married women with children work outside the home, and women earn 45% less than men for the same jobs. If a woman gets fired for refusing … Read

Oprah is Not Your Doctor and Much, Much Read

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The Double Dose/Political Diagnosis catch-up edition …

Taking Medical Advice From Oprah: In a word, don’t.

Blogging the Common Ground: CNN’s “blogger bunch” discussion on abortion, following President Obama’s speech at Notre Dame, includes our fave Ann Friedman of Feministing and The American Prospect.

Supreme Court Rules 7-2 Against Women Workers: Women whose pension payments are reduced because they took pregnancy-related leave in the 1960s and 1970s, when pregnancy discrimination wasn’t illegal, aren’t entitled to full pension benefits now, the Read

Opportunity to Participate in Research About Older Women’s Sexuality

By Rachel Walden |

Very little research on women’s sexuality addresses the needs and concerns of women past menopause. Dr. Anita Hoffer, a former associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital who’s currently pursuing a doctorate in Human Sexuality and Sex Education, is out to change this.

She’s conducting a survey of women aged 60 – 75, designed to examine their knowledge and attitudes regarding specific sexual behaviors, as well as their attitudes toward their own sexual experiences.

Hoffer writes:

A better understanding of the sexual … Read

Making “My Birth, My Choice” A Reality For All Women

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Today at RH Reality Check, there will be a live chat about critical access issues to homebirth for all women. The discussion starts at 12 noon (EST).

Join Feministing blogger, radical doula and RH Reality Check contributor Miriam Perez; JayVon Muhammad, certified professional midwife; and Steff Hedenkamp with The Big Push for Midwives campaign for a discussion on childbirth, midwifery and homebirth access in the United States.

Readers are welcome to join the conversation — you can ask a question or post a comment — … Read

Cesarean Rates in Some Counties Soar

By Rachel Walden |

An article appearing in last week’s Miami Herald provides the somewhat stunning news that last year, read babies in Miami-Dade county in Florida were born by c-section than were born vaginally. While the c-section rate for the U.S. hit a record high in 2007 at 31.8% – a level and trend of increases that alarms many advocates – the rates were over 50% for Miami-Dade county, and nearly 44% in nearby Broward county.

A table of c-section rates by institution in South Florida accompanies the article … Read

New Report Released on Prison Nurseries

By Rachel Walden |

The Women’s Prison Association, an organization working to address issues faced by women with criminal justice histories, has released a new report on prison nurseries: “Mothers, Infants and Imprisonment: A National Look at Prison Nurseries and Community-Based Alternatives.”

The report examines U.S. prison nursery programs, which allow incarcerated women to keep their newborns with them in prison for a finite period of time, and community-based residential parenting programs, which allow women to serve criminal justice sentences with their infants in a non-prison … Read

Meet the 2009 Women’s Health Heroes

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

When Myhags launched the Women’s Health Heroes Awards, we did so without knowing that we would hear from nearly 100 entrants from 12 countries. Our initial plan of honoring two nominees went out the window.

Instead, we decided to “induct” 20 heroes this year and make this an annual event — our own small version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (without the band reunions … yet).

All of us were incredibly moved by the gratitude and appreciation expressed by those … Read

Blogging Disability

By Rachel Walden |

May 1 was Blogging Against Disablism Day 2009, and nearly 200 people contributed posts that have been rounded up at Diary of a Goldfish. The entries deal with a number of topics of concern to women with disabilities and disability rights advocates, including employment, education, parenting, health care, and sex.

Some of women-specific posts include:

  • Social Security benefits & women, working while disabled, and stigmatizing mental health terminology! At Undercover Punk, this post addresses, among other issues, how women – because … Read