Our Bodies, Our Blog

Remembrances: Stephanie Tubbs Jones, 1949-2008

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

With the death of , the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, we’ve lost an for women’s reproductive rights and .

The memorial service may be held a week from Saturday, on Aug. 30, according to the .

I was looking for a link that summed up the congresswoman’s passion and found this and of Jones reading the poem “And … Read

Census Bureau Releases New Report on American Women’s Fertility

By Rachel Walden |

On Monday, the U.S. Census Bureau released a new report, [PDF], using data from the annual American Community Survey and biannual Current Population Survey. Between these two data-gathering efforts, women ages 15-44 were asked how many children they had ever had and the date of birth of their last child, and women 15-50 years of age were asked if they had given birth to any children in the previous 12 months.

The result is a document full of tidbits, … Read

What Women Want This Election: Universal Healthcare, Comprehensive Sex-Ed, Federal Funding for Maternity/Paternity Leave …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Wondering how we can be so sure? Easy. We’re following the “speakouts” posted at .

The newly launched site, a project of the (which sponsors the annual conference), is open to all women who want to make their voices heard:

This Is What Women Want is your chance to cut through the spin and tell the media, the candidates and the world exactly what you want this election season. Let’s demonstrate how diverse we are in … Read

Take Part: Egg Donors Survey

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Research and follow-up of egg donors has been pretty non-existent — until now. The , which connects and supports donor families, is of egg donors for the purpose of qualitative research on the long-term health effects on women.

DSR founder Wendy Kramer explains:

We at the Donor Sibling Registry are doing a study of former egg donors. Some of you may have registered on the Donor Sibling Registry and some of you have not yet, or do not … Read

Issue Brief on Certified Professional Midwives, and Nationwide Launch of the Birth Survey

By Rachel Walden |

Four organizations, the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), have collaborated to produce an “Issue Brief: Certified Professional Midwives in the United States” which was released earlier this month.

CPMs are midwives without a nursing background who primarily practice outside of hospitals. They are typically subject to a different set of educational, certification, and legal requirements than Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs). … Read

Double Dose: FDA Finds No Risk From BPA; “I Do” For Health Insurance; Female Condoms Needs Funding, Support; APA Report on Abortion and Mental Health; What’s in a Midwife’s Black Bag? …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

FDA Report Says No Risk From BPA: I’ve about the dangers associated with bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical used in hard, clear plastics, such as Nalgene and baby bottles, as well as in the linings of food cans and baby formula.

The chemical, which mimics a human hormone, has been linked to hormonal changes in animal studies. Canada recently polycarbonate infant bottles, and the U.S. National Toxicology Program earlier this year acknowledged “some concern” that BPA may affect … Read

Win a Free Copy of My: Pregnancy and Birth!

By Kiki Zeldes |

Mrs. Spock, a blogger who writes about infertility, motherhood, health care, writing, and everything in between, has just posted a of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth. Her review recognizes the challenges of writing a book on childbirth:

A healthy, happy mom and healthy, happy baby sounds like a plan on which women should easily reach consensus. However, birth choices, pain control in labor, and infant feeding are topics that can be as controversial nowadays as … Read

Breastfeeding, Language and Privilege

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

A this week about a new breastfeeding study provides several lessons in language and privilege — and it also serves as a reminder of the importance of collective action.

The study, published in the August issue of the , found that while three-quarters of new mothers try breastfeeding, only 36 percent of babies are breastfed through six months. The recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics is to breastfeed exclusively for six months, with continued breastfeeding … Read

Democratic Party Platform Includes Stronger Commitment to Reproductive Rights, Low-Income Women

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

calls the 2008 Democratic National Platform (PDF) a “remarkably feminist document” and goes on to say:

are interpreting the platform’s mention of adoption and a woman’s right to choose motherhood as a new attempt to reach out to mixed and anti-choice Evangelical and Catholic voters. But I also think the platform is a significant victory for reproductive rights advocates. The Clintonian formula of “safe, legal, and rare” has been scrubbed. The adoption stuff is hardly … Read

HHS Sec. Leavitt Responds Further to Objections, Ignores Substance

By Rachel Walden |

In a follow-up post on “physician conscience,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt refers to the uproar generated by a proposed regulation , saying:

“I’m delighted to announce that with the help of Planned Parenthood, my blog — for the first time — received read visits than my teenage son’s MySpace page. Perhaps I’ll address the subject of physician conscience one read time.”

Leavitt fails to acknowledge that, along with many feminists and reproductive rights advocates, organizations such as the American Medical Association and American … Read