Our Bodies, Our Blog

An Essay on the Factory Model of Childbirth

By Rachel Walden |

Obstetrician/gynecologist Lauren Plante has a remarkable essay in the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics in which she condemns the rising cesarean rate and compares current U.S. childbirth practices to the industrial revolution.

Critical of the drive to standardize and medicalize obstetrics, a phenomenon that is reducing choices within hospital settings for childbearing women, she writes:

…despite the implied promise of safety if all the rules are followed — ID bracelets, intravenous lines, electronic fetal monitoring — labor may follow an unpredictable path. The … Read

Keeping Readers in the Know: feministing.com

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: Amy

Nominee: feministing.com

I would like to nominate the great blogging women of feministing.com as my Women’s Health Heroes. I have been enthusiastically reading feministing for quite some time and I feel that it gives young women a space to voice their concerns, in addition to learning about … Read

Dedicated to Women’s Lives: Mary Ann Sorrentino

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: Cynthia Weisbord

Nominee: Mary Ann Sorrentino, Former Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island (1977-1987)

For decades she has fought fearlessly and fiercely for the health rights of women. Mary Ann Sorrentino has spoken out on women’s behalf through a time and in a place which were … Read

Fighting Personhood Bills: National Advocates for Pregnant Women

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: Anonymous

Nominee: National Advocates for Pregnant Women

I’d like to nominate National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) for the Myhags Women’s Health Heroes contest.

NAPW is currently working to educate people about personhood bills, which are being sponsored in at least five states. These bills are a … Read

New Study Calls into Question Practice of Removing Ovaries at Time of Hysterectomy

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

For many years, women who underwent hysterectomies also routinely had their ovaries removed, in order to prevent them from developing ovarian cancer in the future. A new study that will appear in the May 2009 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology calls this practice into question.

The study, “Ovarian Conservation at the Time of Hysterectomy and Long-Term Health Outcomes in the Nurses’ Health Study,” examines the long-term survival rates of women of women who have had hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) because of non-cancerous reproductive … Read

Become a Fan of Myhags on Facebook

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Yep. It’s that time. We’ve built a fan page, which means we’ll soon be discontinuing the Facebook profile. So please take a moment to become an My fan and share this link with your friends: .com/OurBodiesOurselves

We’ve posted photos and information about women’s health books in other countries that were translated or adapted from “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” and we’ll soon have read photos up along with all of our calendar events.

Please feel free to use the discussion board and post to the … Read

The Courage to Act: Sonia Murdock

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: Linda Lisi Juergens

Nominee: Sonia Murdock, Co-Founder, Postpartum Resource Center of New York

Sonia Murdock co-founded the Postpartum Resource Center of New York and currently serves as its executive director.

She began her involvement in this issue when her sister needed her help after suffering a postpartum psychosis after … Read

What Heroes Are All About: Susan Quilliam

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

Entrants: Laura Bates and Joy Haughton

Nominee: Susan Quilliam, Sex and Relationship Psychologist

Susan Quilliam is an author, relationship psychologist and broadcaster, and an expert in women’s sexuality. Throughout her career she has raised awareness of issues surrounding women’s health and particularly women’s sexual health, and has worked tirelessly … Read

Wild Feminine: Tami Lynn Kent

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: Sarah E. Wylie, ND Midwife

Nominee: Tami Lynn Kent, Women’s Health Physical Therapist

Tami Lynn Kent is a scribe for those of us pioneering back into the frontier we collectively left behind, the Wild Feminine.  Tami’s gift is to illuminate, and create a specific language for us to communicate about … Read

New Report Documents Trends in Hospital Birth, Increase in Repeat C-Section

By Rachel Walden |

A newly released statistical brief from the Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP) reports a 40% increase in repeat cesarean sections, from 64.7% in 1997 to 90.3% in 2006

The freely available report, Hospitalizations Related to Childbirth, 2006, examines data on childbirths occurring in U.S. community hospitals in 2006 as well as from 1997-present. Also among the findings:

  • The percent of childbirths by c-section increased 51%,  from 21.0% in 1997 to 31.6% in 2006.
  • There was a 73% decline in VBAC, from 35.3% of childbirth-related … Read