Our Bodies, Our Blog

Women of Sierra Leone Still Struggle to Access Care

By Rachel Walden |

Sierra Leone has one of the worst lifetime maternal mortality rates in the world, at 1 in 8 – compared with 1 in 4,800 in the United States. A government program implemented last year is meant to help address this situation, which Amnesty International calls a “human rights emergency,” by providing free healthcare to pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as to children under age 5.

Amnesty International has released a report describing serious challenges that still exist for women … Read

2011 Women’s Health Hero: Women and Their Bodies, an Israeli and Palestinian Collaboration

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrationMyhags is honoring its global partners who have adapted the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” book for their own communities. Learn read.

by Paula Doress-Worters

In 2011, Women and Their Bodies — a collaboration of Israeli and Palestinian women — will publish Arabic and Hebrew resources based on “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” By doing so, they will make an important social and political statement, challenge the status quo, and further their message of collaboration.

As a first … Read

2011 Women’s Health Hero: Research Group on Women and Laws in Senegal

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrationMyhags is honoring its global partners who have adapted the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” book for their own communities. Learn read.

by Jane Pincus

I first met Codou Bop, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 2001 and felt instantly connected. We were both attending the initial international gathering of women translators and adaptors of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

As an integral member of the Research Group on Women and Laws in Senegal (or Groupe de Recherche sur les Femmes et les Lois au … Read

New Blog Series: Meet My’s Global Partners Working to Advance Women’s Health and Human Rights

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Today we kick off a series of blogs posts by and about members of the Myhags Global Network who have adapted “Our Bodies, Ourselves” in their own countries, using a range of print, digital and social interactive formats for outreach and advocacy.

As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, Myhags decided to honor its global partners by adding them to … Read

Registration Open for Southern Black Midwives and Healers Summit

By Rachel Walden |

Registration is now open for the Southern Black Midwives and Healers Summit, themed “Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality by Building Community Leadership.”

From the program description:

This is an action and solution-oriented leadership development event designed to reduce health disparities, improve breastfeeding rates and build capacity in the Southeast region of the United States. Our goal is to increase the number of midwives, doulas and healers so they can empower families…Midwives, doulas, birth workers, community members and all those committed to reducing health … Read

Wonderful for young women then and now…

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by Diane Kirse

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

I am 56 years old.  When I was growing up my mother, who was a widow, never ever discussed sex or anything related to sex with me. I did get help however from the first edition of  “Our Bodies, Our Selves.”  It was a groundbreaking book for its time and I have tried and tried but cannot find my first copy, which I … Read

Safe Cosmetics Act Addresses Gaps in Safety Regulations

By Rachel Walden |

Many U.S. users of cosmetics may not realize that they do not require FDA testing or approval and the federal agency is not authorized to require a manufacturer to recall unsafe products from the market. Because cosmetics are not regulated in the same way drugs are, it’s read difficult for consumers to make informed decisions, and the FDA has less power to regulate the cosmetics industry and respond to problems.

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, introduced by Janice Schakowsky (IL-D), is intended to … Read

Exploring the Health Needs of Incarcerated Women

By Rachel Walden |

The July/August issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing includes a series of articles on the health care needs of women in prison, including the need to address inequalities, provide thorough care for complex health conditions, and to attend to the end-of-life needs of female prisoners.

In End-of-Life Care and Barriers for Female Inmates, the authors explore a little-discussed topic. For background, they explain that “end-of-life” in prisons does not typically occur they way we might think, and so health care, and … Read

Celebrate With Our Bodies, Ourselves: 40th Birthday Cabaret Show in Cambridge

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Ready to party in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Our Bodies, Ourselves? Then get ready for a cabaret fundraiser on Thursday, September 22, at OBERON, the second stage of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Mass.

“The show features women in charge of their bodies, their creativity, and their self-expression,” said Myhags board member and cabaret producer, Nancy Allen, “but it is primarily about having a great time and celebrating a milestone in women’s health history. This cabaret … Read

El CDC Dice que la Mayoría de Hospitales No Apoyan Adecuadamente el Amamantamiento

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Escrito por Rachel. Traducido del orginial en inglés August 9, 2011.

My has received funding to make blog entries available in Spanish. We hope to expand outreach efforts in the coming year.

La semana pasada, el Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades dio a conocer un reporte que muestra una baja tasa de amamantamiento en los Estados Unidos, así como la importancia de tener hospitales que asuman un papel positivo en animar y apoyar esta práctica. La información del reportaje viene de una … Read