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New Cochrane Publication on Midwife-Led vs. Other Models of Maternity Care

By Rachel Walden |

The Cochrane Collaboration recently released a publication on midwifery-led care for childbirth compared with “other” or “shared care” models. The authors defined midwifery-led care as follows: “the midwife is the woman’s lead professional, but one or read consultations with medical staff are often part of routine practice.”

Other models generally means an ob/gyn as the lead professional (although nurses and midwives may be part of the support team), and shared care might have a varying lead professional depending on where the woman is and … Read

Double Dose: Obama’s Pre-Inauguration Boom for Women’s Health; Baby in the Home (and Garden); Changing the Culture of Rape Prevention; Prescription Drugs Deliver Phthalates …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Obama Does Read for Women’s Health Pre-Inauguration Than Bush in 8 Years: “President-Elect Obama has not been inaugurated yet and, already, he’s taken some critical steps towards restoring the United States as a leader in global women’s health,” writes Amie Newman at RH Reality Check. Newman goes on to identify global reproductive and sexual health mandates that Obama has prioritized since he won the election way back on, oh, Nov. 4.

Plus: NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation has unveiled a new initiative, Free.Will.Power. … Read

Stephen Colbert on Women’s Health, With a Special My Appearance

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

“Our Bodies, Ourselves” was featured in the beginning of Dr. Stephen Colbert’s “Cheating Death” segment — a biting look at the overuse of costly pharmaceuticals and the medical relevance of the Bee Gees. Oh yes, Colbert covers it all. 

Just look at what the skeleton is holding up when Colbert mentions “women health” (without air quotes!).

This is as good (or better?) as when My was featured in an episode of the first seaon of “Friday Night Lights.” Predictions on whose show we’ll end up on next? 

Choices in Childbirth Statement Encourages Options and Evidence in Maternity Care

By Rachel Walden |

Myhags has just posted “Choices in Childbirth: A Statement by Physicians, Midwives and Women’s Health Advocates who Support Safe Choices in Childbirth,” which articulates concerns about preserving safe choices in childbirth and respect for the diversity of women’s needs. Currently signed by read than 35 midwives, physicians, educators, and other women’s health advocates, the statement urges the following actions:

1. That communities preserve the option of vaginal births after cesarean (so-called “VBACs”).

2. That options for hospital-based midwifery care (utilizing Certified Nurse Midwives … Read

Breast Cancer is Recurrent, Not Chronic – And the Distinction Matters

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Our Bodies Our Blog has invited the folks at Breast Cancer Action to write monthly guest posts on breast cancer and related issues.

by Barbara A. Brenner

As everyone familiar with breast cancer knows, there is no available cure for metastatic breast cancer (breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to life-sustaining organs). In fact, metastatic breast cancer will kill a woman who has it unless something else kills her first.

The good news is that some treatments can extend the lives of some women with metastatic … Read

No Time to Waste: Women Leaders on Life in an Obama Era, Plus News on Health Care Reform

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The Real Deal, the blog of the National Council for Research on Women (and a new addition to our blogroll!), last week asked leaders of women’s organizations to speculate how life might be different in an Obama era, that is: “read equitable, healthier, read secure — for women and girls.” Excerpts appeared on The Huffington Post.

Among the responses — Women’s eNews founder and editor Rita Henley Jensen calls for the creation of an Office of Maternal Health; Marie Wilson, president and … Read

Challenges Facing Female Veterans

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

On this Veterans Day, we take a look at the services available to female veterans, who face high rates of sexual assault, and the increased dangers of domestic violence among military personnel:

– “Shedding light on the challenges facing women in the military, a new study shows that read than one in seven female Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking VA medical care reported experiencing sexual trauma during their service,” HealthDay News reported in October.

The study was conducted by the VA Palo Alto Health Care … Read

When is Sex a Problem?

By Rachel Walden |

A recent issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology includes an article reporting on a survey of read than 31,000 U.S. women on “sexual problems and distress,” including “low arousal,” “low desire,” and “orgasm difficulties.” Slightly read than 44 percent of the women reported at least one of these “problems,” although only 12 percent reported any “sexually related personal distress.”

As I read the study, I was bothered by the assessment mechanism, such as asking women, “How often do you desire to engage in … Read

Double Dose: Ending Eight Years of Failed Women’s Health Policies; State Ballot Initiatives; Read Analysis on Prop 8; Sarah Palin and Feminism – Once Read for the Road

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Sure we’ll be back to other health news soon, but first here’s a wrap on presidential politics and women’s health priorities. And, just to remind you that voting feels oh-so-good, Babeland’s voter discount continues through Nov. 11. Enjoy!

Yes We Can … End Eight Years of Failed Women’s Health Policies: Sign the RH Reality Check petition, which asks President-elect Barack Obama to:

  • Defund failed abstinence only programs in favor of proven, effective comprehensive sex ed programs,
  • Reinstate global family planning funds that save women’s health and … Read

What Are You Doing Now That the Election is Over?

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Now that the election is over, are you feeling a little blue (and not just because of the passage of California’s Proposition 8)?

After months of obsessing over tracking polls and following up-to-the-second campaign news round the clock, much of the nation seems to be going through a withdrawal of sorts. New York Times health writer Tara Parker-Pope points to several news stories about our collective crash, some of which include suggestions from psychologists on how to bounce back and re-focus.

Of course, … Read