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Sisters of St. Joseph Punished for Supporting Health Care Reform Legislation

By Rachel Walden |

A group of Catholic nuns who broke with the bishops by supporting health care reform legislation has garnered the wrath of some leaders in the Catholic Church.

Earlier this year the nuns signed a letter to members of Congress from the National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. The letter stated that:

The health care bill that has been passed by the Senate and that will be voted on by the House will expand coverage to over 30 million uninsured Americans. While it is an imperfect measure, it … Read

Quick Hit: Disaster Preparedness Tips for Women

By Rachel Walden |

As some of you may know, I’m based in Nashville, TN, where we have had significant flood damage over the past several days. This seems like a good time, then, to share some resources about disaster/emergency preparedness.

Some resources specific to women:

  • womenshealth.gov: Disaster or Emergency Preparedness Plan for Women (includes information on breastfeeding during an emergency)
  • National Library of Medicine: Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness (includes information for women and on pregnancy, as well as for individuals with disabilities, materials in Spanish, and other … Read
  • Current Issue of Midwifery and Women’s Health Journal Tackles “Normal” Birth

    By Rachel Walden |

    The May/June issue of the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health is a special issue on the topic of “normal” birth. It begins with an editorial that recognizes the problems inherent in that term, asking, “It is a word that dichotomizes—if you are not ‘normal,’ then you must be abnormal, atypical, disordered, unhealthy, or irregular—and who wants those labels?”

    The author of the editorial, Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, goes on to summarize her view of the problem with our current approaches to birth:

    I suggest that … Read

    A Beacon of Light: Katherine Stone

    By Wendy |

    From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

    Entrant: Deborah Forhan Rimmler

    Nominee: Katherine Stone, peer advocate for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

    Katherine Stone was a beacon of light during the darkest time of my life. I suffered from postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder (that is a postpartum mood disorder where you get terrible, scary thoughts that … Read

    Tireless Advocate for Women’s Health: Wendy Chavkin

    By Wendy |

    From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

    Entrant: Amanda Davis

    Nominee: Wendy Chavkin, MD, MPH, Professor of Clinical Public and Family Health and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University

    Wendy Chavkin, MD, MPH, is a tireless advocate for women’s health.

    As a medical student in Chicago in the late 1960s, Dr. Chavkin occasionally loaned her apartment … Read

    Reaching Out to Those with Fibromyalgia: Sharon Ostalecki

    By Wendy |

    From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

    Entrant: Renae Kulas

    Nominee: Sharon Ostalecki, Director, Helping Our Pain & Exhaustion

    Fibromyalgia has been nicknamed “The Invisible Disease” because it is not perceptible to others. The face of fibromyalgia is every face, and unless you were told, you could not tell who has it and who does not.

    Twenty … Read

    Helping Others with Health and Wellness: Angela Shipp

    By Wendy |

    From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

    Entrant: Sara

    Nominee: Angela Shipp, Author of bluehealer diary

    Having worked as regulatory affairs manager and managed care expert for read than 20 years, I have learned the importance of understanding connections between health and communicating with healthcare staff. Angela Shipp, author of the bluehealer diary, is an advocate for … Read

    Comforting Those with Fertility Challenges: Jenni Saake

    By Wendy |

    From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

    Entrant: Crystal M. Wilson

    Nominee: Jenni Saake, Author of “Hannah’s Hope,” Founders of Hannah’s Prayer ministry

    Jenni Saake is author of “Hannah’s Hope: Seeking God’s Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage and Adoption Loss.”

    She and her husband, Rick, established Hannah’s Prayer, a ministry that has since reached … Read

    Providing Sexual Health Info: Promotoras de la Salud Sexual Community Educators

    By Wendy |

    From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

    Entrant: Emilia Gianfortoni

    Nominee: Promotoras de la Salud Sexual Community Educators

    The Latino community experiences vast sexual health disparities nationwide. Latinos disproportionately experience high rates of teen pregnancy and STIs compared to other ethnic groups. In Massachusetts, Latinas have a teen birth rate that is six times higher than … Read

    The Guiding Force in Perinatal Education in Canada: Kathie Lindstrom

    By Wendy |

    From 2009 – 2011, Myhags honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

    Entrant: Bailey Delves

    Nominee: Kathie Lindstrom, LCCE,CD,CDT Coordinator of Perinal Studies Douglas College

    Kathie Lindstrom (pictured in the middle) has been THE guiding force in perinatal education in Canada.

    She has been a doula and an educator for many years. She is a great teacher and an inspiration to anyone aspiring … Read