Our Bodies, Our Blog

Providing Safe, Supportive Space for a Friend: Emily Boyes-Watson

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: Alexis Greeley

Nominee: Emily Boyes-Watson

I have known Emily since we were 5 years old. We met in kindergarten class and now, 19 years later, we are like sisters. While Emily does not work in the health field, she is my health hero.

Women’s health issues are often treated as … Read

Quick Hit: NPR Covers 50 Years of the Pill

By Rachel Walden |

Monday’s episode of NPR program “On Point” focused on “The Pill’s Impact, Past and Present.” A transcript doesn’t seem to be available, but you can listen to the program online. The “On Point” site also links to a recent Time magazine piece on the topic, The Pill at 50: Sex, Freedom and Paradox.

Last Friday, “On Point” also covered the status of women in the workforce and pay equality. I haven’t heard either piece yet myself, but plan to listen … Read

Helping Incarcerated Mothers: Marianne Bullock and Lisa Andrews

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: Vicki Elson

Nominee: Marianne Bullock and Lisa Andrews, Co-founders, Prison Birth Project

Marianne Bullock and Lisa Andrews founded the Prison Birth Project (PBP), which serves incarcerated mothers at the regional women’s jail in Chicopee, Mass.

PBP visits inmates prenatally and postpartum. PBP provides childbirth education classes or individual instruction, … Read

Leading the Charge Against Lung Cancer: Diane Legg

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: Cheryl Bartlett

Nominee: Diane Legg, Co-Chair, Lung Cancer Alliance-Massachusetts

Diane Legg is a young mother of two children who was diagnosed with lung cancer over five years ago. With great determination, she is leading the charge to increase awareness and education about lung cancer, who it affects, and the status … Read

“Why Choose a Midwife” Video is Back! – Share With Massachusetts Legislators

By Rachel Walden |

Earlier this year, we posted a midwifery advocacy video, “Why Choose a Midwife,” and while it received an enthusiastic response, we had to pull it temporarily while a permission issue was resolved. We’re happy to report it’s now available for viewing.

The video, which was posted to YouTube and is embedded below, was created primarily as an advocacy tool related to the Massachusetts midwifery bill, which Christine wrote about on Tuesday. In short, the legislation would:

* Regulate the practice of Certified Professional Midwives … Read

Exploring the Safety of Breast Implants: Carol Ciancutti

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: Melinda Bartlett

Nominee: Carol Ciancutti, director of “Absolutely Safe”

I nominate Carol Ciancutti as a Women’s Health Hero for the 2010 Our Bodies, Ourselves Women’s Health Heroes awards. She is the director of “Absolutely Safe,” a documentary exploring the safety of breast implants in the United … Read

Feeding Massachusetts: Project Bread

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: Anne Welch

Nominee: Project Bread

Project Bread serves the needs of Massachusetts families who struggle to put food on the table every year through the Walk for Hunger and other fundraising and advocacy activities. The Walk for Hunger is the nation’s oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and in … Read

New Jersey Budget Plan Mixed Bag for Health, Eliminates Family Planning Funds

By Rachel Walden |

In this difficult economy, many states are struggling to balance their budgets, often resulting in controversial decisions and cuts. Last month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) released a 2011 budget plan for the state which continues to generate considerable discussion. An astute reader brought one line in particular to our attention from the proposed budget: “Funding for grants to support clinical family planning and related services is eliminated.”

A representative of the ACLU of New Jersey writes:

Without state funding next year, the centers would serve … Read

Educational and Cutting Edge: RH Reality Check

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: Jackie Flores

Nominee: RH Reality Check, sexual reproductive health and rights blog

I’ve been an avid reader of RH Reality Check for years. They provide accurate coverage of issues pertaining to sexual reproductive health and rights. But what I love most is the thought provoking commentary … Read

Saving and Changing Lives: Eugenia Lopez Uribe

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: A friend in Boston

Nominee: Eugenia Lopez Uribe, Mexican activist and coordinator of the MARIA Abortion Fund for Social Justice

I had the incredible pleasure of meeting Eugenia last November in Boston. She was touring the United States speaking about the MARIA Abortion Fund and social justice issues in Mexico. … Read