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Planned C-sections May Carry Read Risk for Newborns than Spontaneous Ones

By Miriam Zoila Pérez |

Last month, the New York Times reported on a new study in Scotland that compares the health of babies born by planned cesarean sections to the health of babies born vaginally or by emergency c-section.

Because Scotland keeps close records that link birth and medical data, the authors were able to track the long-term health of the babies as they grew up. The findings were unexpected:

Surprisingly, the data showed read health problems among babies born by planned C-section than among those delivered by emergency C-section or vaginal … Read

Anti-choice Misinformation in Continuing Ed Courses

By Miriam Zoila Pérez |

According to a new investigative report released by RH Reality Check, anti-choice groups are using the lack of oversight of California nursing continuing education to teach courses on medically-dubious topics, like fetal pain and medication abortion reversal.

While becoming a continuing education provider in CA requires an application and approval, once a group is approved, there is no oversight of the courses the group teaches or the material it uses. From RHRC:

The California Board of Registered Nursing is part of the state Department of Consumer Affairs, which encompasses 40 boards, … Read

Sexual Assault on Campus

By Miriam Zoila Pérez |

For a number of years, the issue of campus sexual assault has been gracing the headlines. It’s not a new problem, but one that is receiving increased attention because of a large-scale investigation launched by the Department of Education into how hundreds of colleges (and some middle and high schools) are handling investigations of sexual assault on their campuses.

In July of this past year, the Huffington Post reported:

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating 124 colleges and universities and 40 … Read

Major Abortion Case Heads to the Supreme Court

By Miriam Zoila Pérez |

On March 2, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Cole, the court case challenging the constitutionality of HB2, the controversial 2013 Texas law that forced many Texas abortion clinics to close. If the law is upheld, it’s possible that all but 10 of the state’s clinics will close.

The case is the biggest abortion rights case to come before the Supreme Court since Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, which established that states can limit access to abortion, but only if it … Read

Doula Care for All!

By Miriam Zoila Pérez |

Widespread access to doula support would improve outcomes for women and babies, enhance women’s experience of care, and reduce the cost of care.  So says a new issue brief written by Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families, and the nonprofit advocacy organization Choices in Childbirth.

The issue brief calls calls doula care a “high-value form of care” that should be covered by Medicaid and private … Read

Mustaches Read Common Among Medical School Leadership than Women

By Miriam Zoila Pérez |

While the premise of a recent study from British Medical Journal is a bit cheeky, the issue it reveals is a serious one: despite major gains in women’s medical school enrollment (women now make up close to 50% of medical school graduates, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation), women make up less than 15% of medical school leadership on average.

The group behind the study looked at the top 50 U.S. medical schools, Pacific Standard Magazine reports:

We found that women accounted for 13% (137/1018) … Read

The Affordable Care Act Reduces Race Disparities in Health Coverage

By Miriam Zoila Pérez |

A new issue brief released by the Center for Global Policy Solutions analyzes health insurance enrollment data from 2014 to see what has changed, particularly when it comes to health insurance enrollment rates among racial groups. The good news is that, likely due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, every group’s insurance enrollment rates increased in 2014. From the issue brief:

All racial groups have experienced substantial increases in their health insurance coverage. Before the ACA was enacted, people of color … Read