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About That “Do No Harm” Clause …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

A woman is suing the doctor who delivered her baby nine months ago, claiming his painful methods and condescending attitude toward her and the hospital staff made the birth a hellish experience.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “Dr. Scott Pierce — a fill-in for [Catherine] Skol’s doctor who was out of town — arrived four hours later and immediately chastised Skol for not calling ahead. The suit said the doctor told Skol she would soon have the baby and that there was no time … Read

Quick Hit: FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Female Condom

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, we wrote about a Food and Drug Administration’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel meeting to consider approval of a female condom; the product (currently called the FC2) is similar to the existing Reality condom, but with a change in the material.

That panel met on Thursday and unanimously recommended (14-0) approval.

Research was presented on the device assessing mechanical failures (such as breakage and slippage) as compared to the original female condom which it will replace. The research suggests that the two products … Read

Quick Reminder: Live Chat on Future of Reproductive Health and Rights

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

RH Reality Check is sponsoring a live chat Wednesday, Dec. 17, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. (EST) on reproductive health issues in the Obama administration. And you can watch it here, live, at Our Bodies, Our Blog.

Feel free to submit questions in advance by emailing editor AT rhrealitycheck.org, or submit questions online during the chat.

Participants include:

Marilyn Keefe, National Partnership for Women & Families

William Smith, SIECUS

Heather Boonstra, Guttmacher Institute

Cristina Page, BirthControlWatch.org

Kay Steiger, … Read

New Editorial on Birth Choices

By Rachel Walden |

We wrote earlier this year about the American Medical Association’s resolution on home birth, including the issues of autonomy and choice and the initial language specifically targeting Ricki Lake. The current issue of the journal “Birth” has an editorial, Home Birth in the United States: Action and Reaction (available by subscription only), from Diony Young further discussing this topic.

In her editorial, Young contrasts the AMA with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, which doesn’t take a position for or … Read

Statistics on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

OK, who hopes to get well soon with goldenseal? Does assuming pigeon pose keep you grounded?

Approximately 38 percent of U.S. adults age 18 years and over, and approximately 12 percent of children, use some form of complementary and alternative medicine — including meditation, massage and herbal supplements — according to a nationwide government survey released this month. The survey doesn’t address efficacy, just usage.

The survey is the first update since 2002, when 36 percent of adults (2 percent less) reported some CAM usage. … Read

Double Dose: Have We Reached the Tipping Point on Health Care?; Open Conversation on Reproductive Health Agenda; Vatican Issues Instructions on Bioethics; On-Screen Same-Sex Kisses; Wombs for Rent …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Necessary Medicine?: “President-elect Barack Obama placed a heavy bet last week that the recession-wracked country he is about to inherit has finally reached its tipping point on health care,” writes Kevin Sack at The New York Times.

It might seem counterintuitive to gamble that political and economic forces would converge at such a low point after read than half a century of failure. The Treasury has never been so overcommitted, and providing “affordable, accessible health care for every single American,” as Mr. Obama describes … Read

Event: Judy Norsigian in Nashville Tomorrow for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting Choices Event

By Rachel Walden |

As the resident Nashvillian, I wanted to remind you that My director Judy Norsigian will be in Nashville this weekend for an event on pregnancy and birth choices at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing. Judy will be participating in the workshop and available to sign copies of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Childbirth and Pregnancy.

From the announcement:

Seminar about pregnancy and birthing choices to be held Dec. 13

Expectant parents and birthing professionals are invited to the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing for a free seminar about … Read

Quick Hit: Dear Oprah

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Oprah may never read this letter written to her (fingers crossed, a devoted assistant will leave it on her desk, with a bouquet of flowers), but you should.

Kate Harding, always a delight to read, has written one of the best posts ever about body image, diets and fat acceptance.

Bonus: Harding spoke with Oprah. Kinda. Hopefully she will again.

What are you still doing here? Seriously, go. Read it now.

Remembering Pamela Morgan, My Founder

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Pamela Morgan, one of the founders of Myhags, died Nov. 17. She was 59.

Over at My, we’ve posted remembrances by other founders who had the privilege of working closely with Pamela.

The first, by Norma Swenson, beautifully captures how many will remember Pamela. The second remembrance, by Miriam Hawley, describes her experience training for and running the Bonnie Belle 10K race with Pamela. Judy Norsigian recalls a special event underscoring one of Pamela’s many talents. Additional reflections may be posted in the future.

Pamela … Read

Osteopororsis Medicine: National Women’s Health Network Urges Women to Consider the Risks

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

National Women’s Health Network has posted a health alert concerning FDA oversight of bisphosphonates, such as Fosamax, and is urging women to carefully evaluate whether they should be on the drugs:

After two bisphosphonate studies showed problems with heart damage, the FDA examined the effect of these drugs on the heart and found that women taking zoledronic acid (Reclast) and alendronate [Fosamax] were read likely to have dangerous irregular heart beats (atrial fibrillation). After examining all the available data, the FDA wasn’t able to … Read