Our Bodies, Our Blog

Improving Maternal Health, in D.C. and Around the World

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The DC Developing Families Center in Washington, D.C., is notable for its comprehensive approach to women’s health. Three facilities co-exist under one roof: the Family and Birth Center, a medical center where women can obtain physical exams, family planning services and give birth in a free-standing birth room; the Healthy Babies Project, which offers parenting and life skills as well as a food pantry; and an early childhood development center, with classrooms for children age 6 months to 2 years.

What makes it truly … Read

Baseball and Breast Cancer: A Fund Raising Campaign Takes on Double Meaning

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Chole Angyal, a senior sociology major at Princeton University, discusses the complexities of an on-campus campaign to raise money for breast cancer research. This year, the campaign ads turned sexist (and juvenile):

Every year at Princeton University, the student group Princeton Against Cancer Together (PACT) holds an event called Manicure for the Cure, where they bring in beauty school students to do manicures for Princeton students in the days leading up to spring formals. Formals are this weekend, so advertisements for Manicure for the … Read

Please Sign Petition Supporting Medicaid Payment to Birth Centers

By Judy Norsigian |

by Judy Norsigian

Last year, the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) filed a petition with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to intervene in a hearing regarding CMS’ disallowance of Medicaid payment for a birth center.

According to AABC:

The federal Medicaid law lists the types of providers and services that are eligible for payment. Hospitals, clinics, nurse-midwives are listed, but birth centers are not. Until recently, some states paid birth center charges above and beyond the midwife’s professional fee, but … Read

Swine Flu Update: Sick Days, Breastfeeding Guidelines and Read Tracking Resources

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

If you have flu symptoms, the CDC — and President Obama — recommend that you stay home. But how realistic is that?

As Rachel previously noted, the swine flu has prompted numerous advocacy groups to point out the gaps in our health and social welfare systems — such as a lack of paid sick days — that complicate our ability to address public health needs during a pandemic. New York Times columnist Judith Warner raised the issue in a recent blog post, … Read

A Socially Conscious Professor: Dr. Diana Flannery

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Libby Schaefer

Nominee: Dr. Diana Flannery, Professor, Ph.D.

Dr. Diana Flannery, Ph.D., is my Women’s Health hero.

I took a Women’s Health course from Diana in college and absolutely loved it. Dr. Flannery is Professor in the Department of Health and Community Services at California State University, Chico. She … Read

Double Dose: “Common Ground,” Meet “Lines in the Sand”; Economics, Race & Pollution; Immigrants Facing Health Care Cutbacks …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Finding “Common Ground” on Abortion – How’s That Working?:  “President Obama has accomplished a lot in his first 100 days in office, but one campaign promise he’s been unable to keep is a vow to make peace in one of the most polarizing issues in all of American politics: abortion,” reports NPR.

Lines in the Sand: Speaking of the elusive common ground, On the Issues magazine chose “lines in the sand” as the theme for its current issue.

An email to readers … Read

Political Diagnosis: Confirmation, Nomination, Resignation and Party Switching

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

All in one week, Kathleen Sebelius was approved as HHS secretary, we learned Supreme Court Justice David Souter is retiring, Sen. Arlen Specter switched parties and President Obama hit his 100-day mark, causing some furor over his comments on the Freedom of Choice Act. Moving right along …

Who Will Fill Souter’s Chair?: The New York Times looks at the type of justice Obama might nominate. The story features photos and short bios of … Read

Working for Child and Maternal Health: A.M.M. Samsad

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Self

Nominee: A.M.M.Samsad, CEO

I am nominating myself because since 2000, I have been working for the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding. I am playing my role in many ways to reduce mortality and enrich and protect mothers’ health in Bangladesh. I am providing training on the issues to … Read

Upholding the Highest Standard of Care: Sheri Skalsky

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Jalyssa Skalsky

Nominee: Sheri Skalsky, Women’s Health Nurse Practioner

Note: Sheri received two nominations at the same time from two different people. Both are included in this post.

What does a Health Care Hero mean to most?  To me, it means someone who most of all puts her patient’s feelings … Read

HIV/AIDS Adovcate: Cynthia Callahan

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: S. Omowale Fowles

Nominee: Cynthia Callahan Davis, Director of HIV Education and Outreach Programs

Mrs. Cynthia Callahan Davis, M.P.H. (UCLA) has been one of the key Health care professionals engaged in the fight to save the people of Los Angeles County, especially women, from the tragic effects of the HIV/AIDS … Read