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Why Republican Lawmakers Are Trying to Defund AHRQ, And How it Will Affect Your Health

By Rachel Walden |

Earlier this summer, when the House Subcommittee on Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2013 was considered, Republicans included a provision (section 227) to get rid of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The AHRQ conducts systematic reviews of medical evidence to better inform providers and patients about which treatments seem to work. It does so by evaluating how new treatments … Read

Mayor Bloomberg and the Debate (and Truth) over Breastfeeding and Formula

By Rachel Walden |

En Español

Women who choose to breastfeed need better support — on that point, there is no doubt.

Even when a woman wants to breastfeed, she may be forced to contend with numerous barriers, including: lack of family/community support; lack of workplace supports such as breaks and privacy; absence of paid maternity leave; expense of lactation support and pumping equipment (costs which are lessened, finally, thanks to the Affordable Care Act); limited education about breastfeeding among medical professionals; and limited breastfeeding education and hospital support that … Read

Latina Week of Action Blog Carnival Round-Up

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, we marked the third annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, this year themed “¡Soy Poderosa!” (“I’m Powerful!”) and coordinated in part by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

As part of the event, the NLIRH held a blog carnival, encouraging writing on the theme of Latina civic power. There are many great posts from carnival participants listed here. A few highlights:

  • Bloggers at Raising Women’s Voices and Community Catalyst’s Health Policy Hub talk about the Affordable Care … Read

Getting the Word Out About Female Condoms

By Rachel Walden |

How did one guy come to love using the female condom? Science journalist David C. Holzman answers that very question in a recent piece for Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR.

Holzman describes his own iffy approach to male condom use, and how his experience of improved sensation with the female condom  made him a convert. He also talks about some reasons why female condoms may not have yet taken off, and how they may offer better protection than male condoms against sexually transmitted … Read

3rd annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice

By Rachel Walden |

This week marks the third annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justice, this year themed “¡Soy Poderosa!” (“I’m Powerful!”). The event is coordinated by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, this year with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights.

Check out the video below, and go to the campaign site to learn how to get involved.


In conjunction with the week, there will be a Read

World Breastfeeding Week

By Rachel Walden |

August 1st through 7th, 2012 marks the 20th anniversary World Breastfeeding Week, an international event intended to promote breastfeeding around the world.

The observance is headed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, along with UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

To learn read about breastfeeding and how you can support women’s choices to breastfeed, check out:

The Women’s Health Initiative Studies, Ten Years Later

By Rachel Walden |

Although the Women’s Health Initiative trials, which studied different aspects of postmenopausal women’s health, began in 1991, the real game-changing results from the trials happened 10 years ago, in 2002, when the trial of estrogen progestin hormone therapy was stopped early. The trial was stopped because those responsible for monitoring trial safety found an increased risk of breast cancer, along with risks for heart attacks, strokes and blood clots to the lungs and legs.

This was major news at the time, … Read

Women on Waves Launches Global Directory of Sexual/Reproductive Health Services & Abortion Providers

By Rachel Walden |

Women on Waves works to increase access to safe abortions for women in countries with restrictive abortion policies. The organization offers hotlines for information, details on obtaining medical abortions (drug-induced rather than surgical) via the web, and a map with summary info on each nation’s abortion laws and misoprostol (a medication that induces abortion) brand names and availability.

The organization also sometimes runs ship campaigns, in which women who can’t get abortions in their home countries ride out to international … Read

What’s in the New Health Care Law for Women? Well-Woman Visits That Can Improve Your Health

By My |

Countdown to Coverage is a campaign to help women understand the concrete ways that the Affordable Care Act can improve our health. This blog entry is the first in a series designed to answer the question, What’s in it for women?

by Leana S. Wen, MD

As an emergency physician, I tend to work on the other side of preventive care services. I see what happens when women don’t know about safer sex … Read

Live in Massachusetts? Take 2 Minutes to Support Bill Regulating Certified Professional Midwives

By My |

Myhags has partnered with The Big Push for Midwives in support of this important legislation. Please take a moment to learn how you can help improve the health of mothers and infants in Massachusetts. Thank you! – Judy Norsigian, My Executive Director


If you care about mothers and babies, the Commonwealth needs your help TODAY to PASS HB 4253, An Act Relative to Certified Professional … Read