Our Bodies, Our Blog

New Evidence on Infection Rates for Vaginal vs. Cesarean Birth

By Rachel Walden |

A new study to be published in the Nordic journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica compares women’s risk of postpartum infections after vaginal birth or cesarean section, and found significantly increased odds of infection with c-section – even when adjusted for factors such as parity, maternal age, smoking, diabetes, and chronic diseases. The study makes an important addition to existing evidence on the topic, which has been considered inadequate to determine real differences in infection rates by mode of delivery.

The investigators looked at … Read

War on Birth Control: The Colbert Report Goes After Student Suspended for Taking the Pill

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Back in April, the Washington Post reported on a Fairfax, Va., high school honor student who received a two-week suspension and was recommended for expulsion for — wait for it — taking her birth control pill.

In the era of zero-tolerance, many schools have rules prohibiting students from possessing over-the-counter and prescription drugs. In Fairfax, the penalties are stiff:

In Virginia, school systems must comply with state code regarding prescription medications and illegal drugs on campus. Students face expulsion if they bring to school any … Read

OBOB Goes on Vacation

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

I could have announced that we’re taking off the rest of the week at the start of the last post, but then I wouldn’t have had reason to feature this album cover, one of my favorites.

So, yes, OBOB is taking a summer break. We will resume posting Monday, Aug. 10.

The video unfortunately can’t be embedded, but if you’re feeling the need to escape, go here to watch the Go Go’s perform “Vaction” in concert or view the classic water skiing video. … Read

Political Diagnosis: The Summer Recess Healthcare Legislation Wrap, Plus the Latest on Efforts to Derail Reform and Dismiss Abortion

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Super Fun Health Graphic: Are you an employed single mother? Or maybe you own a small business? Either way, The New York Times explains how bills working their way through Congress might affect you:

A Hot, Hot Summer: By a 31-28 vote, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Friday approved a health reform bill that would cover about 95 percent of Americans. It includes the so-called public option, a government insurance plan that would compete with private insurers. The … Read

Reproductive Justice and Environmental Health: A New Report From Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

by Morgan Clark

Myhags intern

The first day of my internship with Myhags began with a fascinating web conference on reproductive and environmental health, organized by Reproductive Health Technologies Project. Presenters from Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, and MomsRising spoke about their organizations’ efforts in addressing “increasing evidence that industrial chemicals are linked to infertility and a host of negative health outcomes such as early puberty, miscarriage, and reproductive … Read

Obama Town Hall on Health Care Reform

By Rachel Walden |

President Obama yesterday held an AARP-sponsored town hall on health care reform that was streamed live online — you can watch it now at the AARP website. A White House transcript is also available here.

If you scroll down about 2/3 of the way through the transcript, you’ll find that Obama was asked and answered another question along the lines of the “health reform = death for old people” rumors Christine addressed in a recent post. The audience member says, “I … Read

Confusing Advice on Swine Flu for Pregnant Women

By Rachel Walden |

News outlets, especially in Britain, have been abuzz with discussions of the appropriate precautions against (H1N1) swine flu infection for pregnant women. While pregnant women may be slightly read vulnerable to flu because pregnancy compromises the immune system, some of the suggestions for limiting exposure and preventing infection (aside from basic handwashing and hygiene) sound impractical and unworkable for most women.

In Australia, several medical groups suggested that pregnant women wear masks, and some U.K. health agencies have suggested that women “limit … Read

Stop the Madness: Health Care Reform Does Not Equal “Senior Death Warrant”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

“Senior Death Warrant” is the title of a ridiculous chain email created to frighten the public as the Obama administration attempts to overhaul health care for first time in decades. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to laugh off this message, especially as it keeps appearing in forums and on other websites.

Here’s how it begins:

The actress Natasha Richardson died after falling skiing in Canada. It took eight hours to drive her to a hospital. If Canada had our healthcare she might be alive today. We now … Read

Double Dose: The Reproductive Health, Rights and Technology Edition

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Before I start a week-long vacation Aug. 3, I’m attempting to clear out my bookmarks by posting several theme round-ups this week.

An Abortion Battle, Fought to the Death: The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the life and work of Dr. George Tiller, and the longstanding battle against him and his abortion clinic that ended with Tiller’s murder in May.

David Barstow writes about Tiller’s committed stance — quoting the doctor as having said: “If a stake has to be driven … Read