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Action Alert: Promote Access to Midwives in Massachusetts

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Myhags is asking for your help in drawing attention to the Massachusetts midwifery bill that must be approved by the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Health Care Financing by Wednesday, April 28, if it is to have any chance of passage this year.

The legislation accomplishes two things:

* It would regulate the practice of Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), trained midwives who attend women planning to give birth at home.

* It would also strike outdated statutory language that mandates physician supervision of Certified … Read

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Continue to Mislead Women

By Rachel Walden |

Change.org, partnering with RH Reality Check and the Feminist Majority Foundation, has launched a petition campaign related to “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) – “clinics” that often advertise free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds and are set up with the intent to talk women out of choosing abortion.

The centers have often been criticized based on reports that they mislead women about the health and psychological effects of abortion and misrepresent the services they offer. The petition targets members of Congress with a request … Read

A Civil Rights Leader: Dorothy Height

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: Shailey Smith

Nominee: Dorothy Height

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dorothy Height. I immediately felt the need to so something, so I am nominating her as my health hero.

Dorothy was an extraordinary woman who fought for racial equality through seven decades of this country’s history.

When … Read

Trust Women: Dr. George Tiller

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: Zoe French

Nominee: Dr. George Tiller

Dr. Tiller was an abortion provider, one of only three nationwide who provided abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy. He was murdered at church by an anti-abortion activist on May 31, 2009.

Social Justice Activist: Rita Arditti

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: Emma McGuinnes

Nominee: Rita Arditti

As a women’s studies major, I have learned the importance of examining and understanding connections when fighting for social justice. Rita Arditti, a feminist, a human rights activist, an environmentalist and a biologist, spent her life exposing these intersections and advocating for … Read

Champion to Homeless Women and Children: Dr. Roseanna Means

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: Meghan Ward

Nominee: Dr. Roseanna Means

Imagine having no roof over your head during the frigid winters. Imagine the pain and panic of not knowing where your next meal is coming from. Imagine getting sick, but with no health insurance or personal physician, having absolutely no where to turn … Read

Nurse, Mother & Friend: Kathleen Ward

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: Meghan Ward

Nominee: Kathleen Ward, Nurse, Mother, Friend

“God couldn’t be everywhere, therefore He created mothers.” – Yiddish Proverb

Recently, I lost my grandmother after a period of failing health. She passed away in hospice care, in the hospital surrounded by family and friends. I have always believed that it … Read

CDC Releases Breastfeeding Data by Location, Race/Ethnicity

By Rachel Walden |

A recent issue of the CDC’s Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report publication included a piece on racial and ethnic differences in breastfeeding, describing rates of breastfeeding initiation and continuation to six and twelve months by survey respondents’ status as Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, or non-Hispanic black.

The report finds that “National estimates for breastfeeding initiation and duration to 6 months and 12 months were 73.4%, 41.7%, and 21.0%, respectively (Table 1). Breastfeeding estimates varied by race/ethnicity, participation in the WIC supplemental nutrition program, and mother’s … Read

Teaching Midwives Sensitivity and Patience: Laura Zeidenstein

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: Jennifer Shark

Nominee: Laura Zeidenstein, Midwife and Director of Columbia University School of Nursing’s Midwifery program

Laura has been the director of Columbia University School of Nursing’s Midwifery program for 10 years now. She was my mentor during my tenure as a student at Columbia, and I still consider … Read

Canadian Abortion Rights Activist: Norma Scarborough

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: Christine Marton

Nominee: Norma Scarborough, Canadian Association to Repeal the Abortion Law founding member

Norma Scarborough was instrumental to the fight for abortion rights in Canada. I did not know her personally, and she is no longer with us, but I think the testimonial from Judy Rebick, herself … Read