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Hospitals Clamp Down On Dangerous Early Elective Deliveries

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By Phil Galewitz | Kaiser Health News

For decades, doctors have been warned about the dangers of delivering babies early without a medical reason. But the practice remained stubbornly persistent.

Now, with pressure on doctors and hospitals from the federal government, private and public insurers and patient advocacy groups, the rate of elective deliveries before 39 weeks is dropping significantly, according to latest hospital survey from , a coalition of some of the nation’s largest corporations that buy health benefits for their employees.

The national average … Read

Delivery of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to Members of Congress Launches on Capitol Hill

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Erin Thornton, Judy Norsigian, Rep. Jim McGovern, and Christy Turlington Burns

Last fall, following a with  to deliver “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to former Rep. Todd Akin (of “legitimate rape” fame), Myhags launched Educate Congress, a campaign to deliver the book to all members of Congress and key administration officials.

The basic premise: Everyone deserves access to accurate … Read

Women’s History Makers: “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

“,” the PBS/AOL documentary, debuts tonight on PBS at 8 p.m. (). If you’re on Twitter, join the discussion during the broadcast at #MAKERSchat.

Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film covers the last 50 years of the women’s movement — the accomplishments and setbacks that followed the publication of “The Feminine Mystique.”

“Most of us have seen the old television commercials before, those 1950s ads that marketed products … Read

CDC Releases Data on Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence by Sexual Orientation

By Rachel Walden |

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently  the  focused on intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking victimization by sexual orientation.

According to the findings, lesbians and gay men experience higher rates of partner and sexual violence than do heterosexuals, and bisexual women have significantly higher lifetime prevalence rates of rape and sexual violence committed by any perpetrator (that could include an intimate partner, family member, acquaintance or … Read

Selling Sickness Conference Takes on Disease Mongering This Week in D.C.

By Rachel Walden |

The conference is taking place in Washington, D.C. this week, focusing on the idea of “disease mongering,” or defining health and disease in a way that promotes the sales of drugs and other treatments that may be unnecessary.

Discussion topics include a number of subjects related to women’s health, including increased or inappropriate use of drugs for conditions such as osteopenia (NPR did an  a few years back on the creation of osteopenia … Read

New Coverage May Spur Younger Women To Use Long-Acting Contraceptives

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by Michelle Andrews | Kaiser Health News

Even though they’re read effective at preventing pregnancy than most other forms of contraception, long-acting birth-control methods such as intrauterine devices and hormonal implants have been a tough sell for women, especially younger ones.

But changes in health-care laws and the introduction of the first new IUD in 12 years may make these methods read attractive. Increased interest in the devices could benefit younger women because of their high rates of unintended pregnancy, according to experts in women’s reproductive … Read

Happy Valentine’s Day – A Safer Sex Reminder

By Rachel Walden |

Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day! Seems like a good time to revisit the topic of safer sex and sexually transmitted infections!

The CDC just released a new , indicating that there are about 20 million new infections each year, and that young people (ages 15-24) account for about half of these.

In its report, CDC provided the following recommendations for women for STI screening:

  • All adults and adolescents should be tested at … Read

One Billion Rising on V-Day: Are You Ready to Dance?

By Rachel Walden |

On Feb. 14, events will take place around the globe marking V-Day’s 15th anniversary and inviting “one billion women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up, and demand an end to this violence.”

Why are we rising? The numbers tell the story:

1 in 3 women on the planet will be .

1 billion women violated … Read

New Study Shows Excellent Outcomes in Birth Centers

By Rachel Walden |

, in 2009, 98.9 percent of all U.S. births were in hospitals, while only 1.1 percent took place elsewhere.

Many women, however, wish to give birth in an environment that is read homelike, or want to reduce their likelihood of experiencing many of the interventions that have become very common in hospitals, such as continuous electronic fetal monitoring, induction of labor, and cesarean section.

Of the non-hospital births documented in 2009, 27.6 percent (just over 12,000 births) … Read

In Armenia, Abortion Rates are High and Access to Contraception is Limited

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Taleen K. Moughamian, a women’s health nurse practitioner in Philadelphia, traveled to Armenia in the fall of 2012. Working with the , she conducted  health exams, including breast and cervical cancer screenings, and provided contraceptive counseling. The following account is based on her work and conversations with Armenian women.


by Taleen K. Moughamian

The differences between Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, and the rest of the country are vast. While Yerevan has most of the modern-day conveniences you could ask for, … Read