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Oregon Hospitals Act on Recommendations To Prevent Elective Births Before 39 Weeks

By Rachel Walden |

In recent years, attention has been focused on the issue of early elective inductions and cesareans – births that are scheduled, for no medical reason, before 39 weeks.  Because even moderately early births can result in worse health outcomes for newborns, organizations including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the March of Dimes have recommended against them. However, such procedures continue to be performed far too often.

Now, seventeen hospitals in Portland, OR have decided to put a stop to elective inductions … Read

Revisiting the IUD for Contraception – Pros and Cons for Women

By Rachel Walden |

Many women may remember news about the injuries caused by the Dalkon Shield intrauterine device, a product that caused infection and other problems in many women in the 1970s. Newer, safer IUDs are now on the market, and the contraceptive method is apparently being used read and read, reportedly rising from 2.4 percent in 2002 to 5.6 percent by 2008.

CommonHealth, a blog at Boston’s NPR affiliate WBUR, explores this rise in the recent post “Why The IUD Is On The Rise … Read

U.S. Abortion Restrictions on Humanitarian Aid Violate Geneva Convention: Campaign Underway to Petition President Obama

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Guest post by Sarah Morison

It was not until I started working at the Global Justice Center that I learned that due to U.S. policy (not law, policy), it is almost impossible for a victim of war rape who becomes impregnated to have the option of abortion. That is because all humanitarian aid that the United States gives in areas of armed conflict to either governments or humanitarian organizations contains a blanket prohibition on any monies being used to provide abortions … Read

CDC Says Most Hospitals Do Not Properly Support Breastfeeding

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report pointing to low rates of breastfeeding in the United States and the importance of having hospitals play a positive role in encouraging and supporting the practice. Data in the report comes from a national survey of maternity care practices and policies.

The researchers found that about 90% of hospitals report providing prenatal breastfeeding education teaching breastfeeding techniques, but fewer than half follow the other recommendations in the Ten Steps to … Read

The Effects of Using Birth Control, Right-Wing Version

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

As previously reported, women with health insurance will soon have access to a host of preventive health care services, including contraception, without having to pay out-of-pocket costs such as co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles.

Not surprisingly, the news rankled some conservatives who refuse to acknowledge the long-term economic … Read

Yes! HHS Approves IOM Recommendations for Preventive Care for Women

By Rachel Walden |

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it is adopting the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for preventive care services for women. This will ensure that women have access to the following services under health insurance plans without having to pay a co-payment, co-insurance or deductible:

  • well-woman visits
  • screening for gestational diabetes
  • HPV testing
  • STI counseling
  • HIV screening and counseling
  • contraception methods and counseling
  • breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling
  • screening and counseling for domestic and interpersonal violence

Coverage for these services is expected to begin Aug. 1, 2012.

There is one caveat … Read

El Instituto de Medicina recomienda que el Control de la Natalidad sea cubierto como servicio preventivo

By My |

Publicado por Rachel / del orginial en inglés July 20, 2011

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


¡Buenas noticias! Tal vez recuerda que la ley de reforma para el cuidado de la salud suscrita el año pasado incluía términos sobre servicios de salud preventiva que debían ser completamente cubiertos, sin requerir un copago de los pacientes.

Sin embargo, no estaba claro si el control de la natalidad iba a ser incluido como … Read

Meet the Newest Members of the Women’s Health Heroes Hall of Fame

By Ayesha Chatterjee |

In 2009, Myhags (My) launched its first-ever Women’s Health Heroes Awards to honor women and men who have made championing women’s health their life’s work. Since then, 40 individuals and groups have been inducted into My’s Women’s Health Hall of Fame, selected from hundreds of nominations.

This year is a special year for My; 2011 marks 40 years of activism in the United States and the evolution of My into a vibrant international network of social change activists. Our Read

IOM Recommendations Also Support Screening/Counseling for Violence

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, we highlighted the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that birth control be covered without co-pays as a preventive service under health care reform.

Several other aspects of women’s health were also covered by the Institute’s recommendations, including “screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence.” While the birth control prevention got a lot of attention online, we’ve seen less discussion of this and other recommendations, so thought we’d highlight it.

An email we received from Futures Without Violence called it a “historic … Read

Howdy From Down Here: Colbert on Summer’s Eve and Ads for Clean Men

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Have you seen the Summer’s Eve videos featuring vaginal puppeteering (by way of a talking hand) asking for read V-love? The videos promote using scented cleansing and deodorant products to freshen your vagina.

Let’s get one thing straight up front: Vaginas don’t need cover-up. In fact, douches and other scented products are read likely to cause irritation and infection. The vagina is very good at cleaning itself, so if Summer’s Eve really believed in its tagline, “Hail to the V,” it … Read