Our Bodies, Our Blog

A Doula in Full Bloom: Pat Neilsen

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: Danielle Roderick

Nominee: Pat Neilsen, Doula, Childbirth Educator

Pat Nielsen is an inspiration. To me, she demonstrates both the high quality of care and empowerment that is available in the reproductive health community, and the influence that one voice can have in changing an entire community’s awareness.

I met Pat as … Read

Double Dose: Bed Commercial Draws Praise from Home Birth Activists; Meet Disney’s New Princess; $10 million if You Can Transform Health Care; Quiverfull Movement Takes Root …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

You Know You’re Not in the U.S. Anyread When …: BirthActivist.com of a Barcelona couple’s at-home birth — a video made all the read amazing because it’s a commercial for a Spanish mattress company. The tagline: “Your bed, the most important place in the world.” Swoon.

Snow White, She’s Not: Almost three quarters of a century after the debut of Snow White, Disney is about to release a film starring its first black princess, Tiana. Neely Tucker writes in the … Read

Political Diagnosis: Health Czar Discusses Public Insurance Option; What Meaningful Health Care Reform Looks Like for Women; EPA Gets Real on Greenhouse Gases …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Nancy Ann Min DeParle

White House Health Czar Discusses Health Reform: Nancy-Ann Min DeParle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform, said on Wednesday that that she believes a health care overhaul bill will include a public insurance option.

“It’s been interesting to talk to people who say, ‘Oh, I don’t like a public plan.’ When you actually start talking to them about what it might look like, you realize you’re talking about two different things,” said DeParle. Read her definition of a … Read

National Library Week, Judith Krug & OBOB’s Own Librarian Hero

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

April 12-18 is National Library Week — “an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians.”

While this is obviously a great time to think about all the resources libraries offer, for young people and adults, and to thank librarians for the services they provide, I’m going to turn the focus on a librarian who works right here: co-blogger Rachel Walden.

When Rachel isn’t breaking down the or for Myhags, … Read

Volunteer Doula: Rose Marie Bertrand

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: Amy Gilliland

Nominee: Rose Marie Bertrand, Volunteer Doula

As a society we place little value on caring for others, and render invisible those who are vulnerable and most needy of our attention. Rose Marie Bertrand has never said “no” to a woman who needed her services, even when it was … Read

Real Courage: The Our Whole Lives Program

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: Jane Ellen Teller

Nominee: The Unitarian Universalist Association’s ‘Our Whole Lives’ Program

(OWL) is a year long sexuality course for people of different ages run by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The course for 11-13 year old youth prepares them for the sexual decisions that … Read

Students for Choice Founder: Kate Rodhenburg

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: Julie Miller

Nominee: Kate Rodhenburg, Founder of Students for Choice at Northeastern University

Critique of Osteoporosis as a Disease and Related Drug Concerns

By Rachel Walden |

Osteoporosis, a loss of bone mass that can precede serious and costly breaks or fractures, is of particular concern to women – suggest that “osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 44 million Americans, 68 percent of whom are women… One out of every two women and one in four men age 50 and older will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.”

Often overlooked in discussions of the condition, however, are questions related to the efficacy and potential harms of the tests … Read

Citizens for Midwifery: Susan Hodges

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: Molly Remer

Nominee: Susan Hodges, President, Citizens for Midwifery

Susan Hodges was a founding member of in the early 90’s and continues to serve tirelessly as the organization’s President. CfM is the only national consumer organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the Midwives Model of … Read

Defying the Odds: Rev. Beverly Boyarsky

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: Anonymous

Nominee: Rev. Beverly Boyarsky

Beverly Boyarsky’s life as she knew it came to a screeching halt in 2004. A true activist of animal rights, LGBT rights and woman’s issues, she was a strong force on Long Island for many years. A public relations exec and spokesperson, she received a … Read