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Reproductive Health: The Facts on Health Care Reform, Georgia and Lilith Fair (Yes, All of the Above)

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Putting HCR in Context: The Guttmacher Institute looks at the pros and cons of health care reform as it relates to reproductive health, including sex education, Medicaid expansion and funding for public health programs.

The research institute notes that insurance companies not only would have to “jump through numerous, unprecedented hoops to estimate the cost of abortion coverage and ensure that the abortion payments never mix with other funds,” but “they also are likely to face extensive public scrutiny and protest around their action.”

All told, … Read

Washington State Bans Shackling of Incarcerated Women in Labor and Post-Delivery

By Rachel Walden |

Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire last week signed into law a bill that forbids the routine shackling of pregnant women in and after labor, making it one of a handful of states that ban the practice.

The law, which takes effect June 10, states that no restraints of any kind may be used on a pregnant woman during transporation to and from medical visits or court proceedings during the third trimester of pregnancy or during postpartum recovery. It also stipulates that “no restraints of any kinds may be … Read

Embarazo no planificado y abuso por parte de sus parejas en mujeres jóvenes

By My |

Publicado por Rachel / del orginial en inglés Jan 28, 2010

My is committed to expanding our audience and in this spirit we’ve asked former board member Moises Russo to translate into Spanish several of our blog entries. We hope to translate read entries in the coming year.

En My estamos comprometidos a expandir nuestra audiencia de [email protected]  y en este espíritu le hemos solicitado a Moisés Russo, ex-miembro de la Junta de My, que traduzca al español varios de los blogs que tenemos en la … Read

Emergency Contraception Still Not Easily Available to Young Women

By Rachel Walden |

The Center for Reproductive Rights has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the continuing prescription status of emergency contraception for young women, while older women have over-the-counter access – and they’re doing it with bunnies.

As the bunnies note:

Bunny 1: Wait, I thought you didn’t need a prescription anyread.

Bunny 2: You don’t. But you still have to go to the pharmacist, show your ID, and if you’re lucky, escape without the Stares of Shame.

Bunny 1: Yikes. Why can’t you buy it … Read

Effects of Health Reform on Maternity Care

By Rachel Walden |

Although the just-passed health reform bill has generated considerable debate about abortion (see Christine’s previous post), at least two other reproductive health components of the bill are worth mentioning — provisions related to freestanding birth centers and certified nurse midwives.

We have written previously about the Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act, a bill supported by the American Association of Birth Centers. We’re pleased to report it was included in the health reform bill (section 2301 for those interested in reading the … Read

Health Care Reform: How it Passed and What Comes Next

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

In case you slept through Sunday’s exciting (no, really! it was!) health care debate on the House floor, here’s a look at what went down — and, most importantly, what health care reform means for the country and for you.

The Nut Graph

The House approved the Senate bill by a vote of 219-212, with 34 Democrats voting against and zero Republican support. The bill expands insurance coverage to 32 million additional people; approximately 23 million will remain uninsured, about one-third of … Read

An Interview with Childbirth Connection’s Carol Sakala

By Rachel Walden |

Medscape, a website from WebMD targeted primarily to healthcare providers and professionals, has just published an interesting interview with Carol Sakala, PhD, MSPH on the need to transform maternity care in the United States. Sakala is the Director of Programs for Childbirth Connection and co-author of the report, Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What it is and What it Can Achieve [PDF].

In it, Sakala discusses maternity care in the context of healthcare reform, noting the lack of focus on maternity … Read

Vaginal Birth after Cesarean — What the NIH has to say

By Rachel Walden |

As many of our readers will already know, the National Institutes of Health held a consensus development conference last week on vaginal birth after cesarean in the U.S., featuring panelists who spoke about VBAC trends, medical evidence, risks and benefits to women and babies, non-medical factors influencing VBAC availability (such as fear of legal liability), and related topics.

Materials from the conference are available at http://consensus.nih.gov/2010/vbac.htm, including the draft panel statement, archived webcasts from each day of the conference, the previously completed … Read

Double Dose: What Will Happen to Healthcare Reform?; Stopping Campus Rape; Granny Midwife Margaret Charles Smith is Honored; and Read …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

On How a Bill Becomes a Law: The bill that will likely become the reconciliation bill on healthcare has been posted. Ezra Klein explains what it means.

Democratic leaders say a bill will pass this week.  House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) pledges obstruction, saying Republicans will do “everything we can to make it difficult for them, if not impossible, to pass the bill.”

Jen Nedeau covers the multiple threats to women’s health and reproductive rights that must be addressed, including the House … Read

Wrap-Up: STD Prevention Conference, HIV/AIDS Awareness & Female Condoms in D.C.

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, has posted her presentation on social media and young adults that was delivered this week at the National STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta. The slideshow covers the latest data on electronic and digital communciation, including cell phone usage and sexting.

Presenting with Lenhart was Kicesie Drew, who provides sex ed information via YouTube; Sally Swanson from the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina, a group that usess texting … Read