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A Peek at Obama’s Healthcare Speech: No Insistence on Public Option

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Earlier today, the media wondered how hard President Obama, in his speech to Congress tonight, would push for a healthcare reform bill that includes a public option.

This just in: Not that hard.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Robert Pear write in The New York Times:

President Obama will talk about the advantages of a public-insurance option in his nationally televised address to a joint session of Congress on health insurance reform Wednesday night, but he will not insist on it, the White House said on Wednesday … Read

Quick Hit: Texas’s Restrictive Contraception Policies, and Women’s Reproductive Health Care

By Rachel Walden |

The Dallas Morning News has an article on young people’s access to contraception in that state, which explains that:

Texas, a leader in teen pregnancy and the state where read teens give birth to subsequent children than in any other, maintains one of the most restrictive policies in the nation for minors to obtain prescription birth control. Not even young parents in Texas can get birth control without their own parents’ permission at nearly a third of the family planning clinics on contract with the state … Read

New Home Birth Studies

By Rachel Walden |

Two recent studies of home birth have generated a lot of attention online.

The first (), published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, examines fetal and newborn outcomes of planned home and planned hospital births among low-risk women.

For this retrospective study, the authors identified all low-risk women (read than 500,000 of them) who gave birth in the years 2000-2006 in Netherlands and who were in midwife-led care at the onset of labor. They explain that in the Netherlands, independent primary care midwives … Read

Women & Labor: Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Peggy Olson and the Next Generation

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Hope you’re all relaxing today, at least for a little bit. Here are a few articles that seem fitting in honor of Labor Day …

– At Women’s eNews, Kate Kelly describes the work of Lillian Moller Gilbreth, also known as the Mother of Modern Management, who was an industrial engineer and a pioneer in creating work environments that met the needs of the disabled. This is the first I’ve heard of Gilbreth, a mother of 12, and continued to read read … Read

Words of the Week: Bill Moyers and Josh Marshall

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Just watched Bill Moyers present his thoughts on President Obama, health reform and our wacky, wacky world. You can watch it here, or read the transcript.

After Moyers lays out his frustrations, he suggests that Obama turn to Talking Points Memo founder Josh Marshall to write the speech Obama will deliver Wednesday before a joint session of Congress.

Why? Because Marshall “doesn’t split things down the middle and call it a victory for the masses,” and he knows how to … Read

New Evidence Report on Treatment of Overactive Bladder in Women

By Rachel Walden |

AHRQ has posted a new evidence report, Treatment for Overactive Bladder in Women. For these reports, a team of folks reviews and evaluates the quality of the existing evidence on a topic, and looks at how that evidence addresses some key questions – in this case on prevalence and incidence of overactive bladder, treatment outcomes, comparisons of treatments, modifiers of outcomes, and costs.

I am particularly enthused about this one not only because it’s related to women’s health, … Read

ACOG’s Home Birth Survey

By Rachel Walden |

Earlier this week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists posted a survey, Complications Related to Home Delivery, at its website. The survey, designed for OB/GYNs, has raised the hackles of home birth and midwifery advocates, who question the intent of the survey and limitations inherent in the design.

In the introduction to the survey, ACOG explains:

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is concerned that recent increases in elective home delivery will result in an increased complication and morbidity rate. Recent reports to the office … Read

Fed Up With Misinformation About Healthcare Reform? Tell Your Own Story

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Forget everything you’ve heard or seen about the healthcare debate. OK, not everything — just the lies and misinformation.

Feel better? Want to do something with that positive energy? The Media Consortium (TMC), a network of progressive, independent journalism organizations, explains how you can change the debate with your own reporting:

Your story is getting lost in the shouting and political posturing. But it’s these stories that can make the difference in how health … Read

Upcoming Conference Focuses on Decreasing the Rate of Preterm Births

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

About 12.8 percent of babies born in the United States (read than half a million a year) are born prematurely — meaning before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. The rate of premature birth has increased a stunning 36 percent since the early 1980s. Seventy percent of premature births are late-preterm babie born between 34 and 36 weeks gestation. These late-preterm births account for almost all of the increase in single premature births, and experts believe that the increase in the rate of cesarean sections is … Read

Quick Hit: Emergency Contraception Survey is Back Up

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

If you tried taking the survey about emergency contraception and found it closed this weekend, it’s because the limit for the basic plan was reached.  The survey site has been upgraded, so please give it another try. Thanks!

And if this is the first you’re hearing of it, read our previous post about the book that Heather Munro Prescott, a history professor at Central Connecticut State University, is writing on the history of emergency contraception and how … Read