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Educational Virtual Birthing Unit in Second Life and Facebook: Tips for Midwives

By Rachel Walden |

If you’re like me, virtual world is still a relatively strange and unfamiliar place. I’ll be spending a bit read time checking out this online world, though, after learning about a virtual birthing unit set up as an educational tool for midwifery students. In it “students can work their way through simulations of birth in which they support women and make midwifery decisions.”

In my brief explorations, I was able to enter the birthing center and interact with objects in the environment … Read

Two Weeks into Health Care Reform: Answers to Questions, Concerns Over Costs and What’s in it for Me

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Wondering what health care reform means for you and your family? You may want to invite Raising Women’s Voices to your community for a special education session. From RWV:

We are bringing groups of experts into the community to meet with women, who often are the key health decision-makers for their families. Our aims are to explain the many ways in which health reform will help families — such as providing coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans — and to note the ways in which the … Read

Marginalizing Midwives: Differences in Disciplinary Action Reveal Medical Bias

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

by Amy Romano

It sounded like an April Fools joke, except the story broke two days early. Doctors in North Carolina .

The case happened in 2008 but we all learned about it this week because the North Carolina Medical Board finished their investigation and issued “letters of concern” to the doctors involved. Public letters of concern appear to be the least punitive disciplinary action performed by the state Medical Board, according to … Read

Documentary: “Secret of the Dawn” Covers Efforts to Stop Female Genital Mutilation in Mali

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

by June Tsang

“Every individual has a right to life… and to the integrity of their person.”

– Mali Constitution

On Thursday, April 8, — sister organizations campaigning against female genital mutilation (FGM) in West Africa — will hold a screening in Cambridge, Mass., for the film “Secret of the Dawn.”

The documentary covers the story of the organizations’ in West Africa, in particular in Mali, in a culturally competent manner.

According to the

Fighting Cervical Cancer Around the World: John Varallo

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: Maureen Reinsel

Nominee: John Varallo, MD, MPH, Senior Technical Advisor

Obstetricians and gynecologists choose to dedicate themselves to women’s health, but that alone does not qualify them as a Women’s Health Hero. A hero humbly exceeds the average expectations to create true and lasting positive change. Dr. … Read

Breast Cancer Gene Patents Invalidated

By Rachel Walden |

Last summer, we shared that My had challenging breast and ovarian cancer gene patents.

Briefly, the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation (with plaintiffs including My, pathology associations, and individuals) filed a lawsuit against the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah Research Foundation, “charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer are unconstitutional and invalid.” The suit focused on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, mutations of which are related … Read

Speaker of the House: Nancy Pelosi

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: Sandra Gandsman

Nominee: Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman and Speaker of the House

There is no woman in the country who deserves this honor read than Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

By sheer strength of will, this woman has led an unruly Congress into passage of the most far reaching health care legislation in … Read

A True Gem: Rachel Lloyd

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: Rachel Lloyd, Founder and Executive Director of

It is with profound admiration and respect that I nominate Rachel Lloyd as a women’s health hero for the 2010 Myhags Women’s Health Hero awards. Rachel Lloyd is the founder and executive director of … Read

Who’s Your Health Hero? Nominations Open April 1 for My Women’s Health Heroes Awards

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

When Myhags launched the Women’s Health Heroes Awards in 2009, we didn’t anticipate the outpouring of essays and videos we received (from seven countries!) or how incredibly difficult it would be to select two honorees from the close to 100 submissions.

We circumvented the second issue by selecting 20 Women’s Health Heroes — and addressed the first part by making it an annual event.

By making these changes, we are able to direct read attention to the challenging and rewarding work done around the … Read

Reproductive Health: The Facts on Health Care Reform, Georgia and Lilith Fair (Yes, All of the Above)

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Putting HCR in Context: The Guttmacher Institute looks at the  as it relates to reproductive health, including sex education, Medicaid expansion and funding for public health programs.

The research institute notes that insurance companies not only would have to “jump through numerous, unprecedented hoops to estimate the cost of abortion coverage and ensure that the abortion payments never mix with other funds,” but “they also are likely to face extensive public scrutiny and protest around their action.”

All told, … Read