Our Bodies, Our Blog

Two Opportunities for Birth-Related Participation

By Rachel Walden |

First, Dr. Mark Sloan, author of Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth, is chatting with readers online through February 21st via the LibraryThing website.

If you don’t have a LibraryThing account (they’re free), you’ll need to sign up first if you want to post questions or comments (you can browse the discussion without signing up). After logging in, scroll down the right side to “Author Chats” and select the chat with Mark Sloan. You’ll … Read

Georgia Bill – and Billboards – Attack Reproductive Choice for Women of Color

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

We wanted to share this important notice from SisterSong regarding a Georgia House bill created ostensibly to protect women of color from being targeted by abortion providers. Note the Trust Black Women press conference on Tuesday on the steps of Georgia’s Capitol, mentioned at the end of this bulletin.

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SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective OPPOSES House Bill 1155 — The Sex and Race Selection Bill. This bill seeks to ban the solicitation and targeting of women of color … Read

Another Update to the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” Chapter Update

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Earlier this month I wrote that we were overwhelmed by the interest in participating in an online discussion on sexual relationships — a conversation that will help to update the relationships chapter in “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” I just wanted to let folks know that participants will be notified this weekend, and the conversation will start next week.

We received hundreds of emails and learned a great deal from everyone’s submissions — including that there is a need for a forum for this kind of … Read

Maternal Mortality on the Rise in California

By Rachel Walden |

Last week, California Watch, a new project of the Center for Investigative Reporting, released a report describing an increase in maternal mortality in the state over the past decade.

The report shows that the number of California women who died from causes directly related to pregnancy nearly tripled in the past decade.  The report’s authors confirm that this is the most significant spike in pregnancy-related deaths since the 1930s. The findings have prompted enormous concern and many questions about why … Read

El Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CCPE) revoca oficialmente el requisito de la vacuna contra el virus del papiloma humano (VPH) para mujeres inmigrantes

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Publicado por Rachel /del orginial en inglés: November 18, 2009

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 página … Read

Quick Hit: Panel Discussion on Mammography and Breast Self-Examination Recommendations

By Rachel Walden |

For our Wellesley, Mass.-area readers, an upcoming panel discussion on new recommendations for mammography and breast self-examination may be of interest.

Panelists will include Cindy Pearson of the National Women’s Health Network and Ngina Lythcott of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, with moderator Susan Reverby from Wellesley College’s Women and Gender Studies department.

The discussion will take place on Thursday, Feb. 25, in PNW 212 (Pendleton West 212 Amphitheater Classroom) from 5 – 6:15 p.m.

Questions can be directed to ctaylor1 at wellesley dot edu.

New Emergency Contraception Drug Stirs Old Arguments

By Rachel Walden |

A recent ABC news piece and two new journal articles (in The Lancet and Obstetrics and Gynecology) have drawn attention to an emergency contraception drug that is not currently available in the U.S. but apparently has been submitted to the FDA for review.

Emergency contraception pills (EC) currently available in the U.S.  are intended to be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure.  The drug new drug, ellaOne (ulipristal acetate), can be taken within 120 … Read

Site maintenance

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

We’re working on fixing some bugs that people have reported in the last few weeks, including problems with RSS feeds. If something looks off for the next few hours– no worries! We’re on it.

National Library of Medicine Exhibit on African American Midwives

By Rachel Walden |

For readers around the D.C. area: the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine division in Bethesda, MD will run an exhibit through June of this year on the history of African American “granny” midwives. Details below:

Nothing To Work With But Cleanliness: African American “Grannies”, Midwives & Health Reform

For over three centuries, African American midwives delivered babies and practiced folk medicine in rural counties throughout the South. Midwifery came under public scrutiny in the 1910s when progressive reformers blamed … Read

Sean James and Al Joyner Respond to the Tebow Super Bowl ad

By Rachel Walden |

By now you may have heard about the Focus on the Family-sponsored anti-choice ad slated to run during the Super Bowl. The ad features football player Tim Tebow and his mother discussing her decision not to have an abortion when pregnant with the star player.

The ad has been controversial for many reasons, including that it marks a change from CBS’s past “no advocacy/controversy” policy (an ad for a gay dating site was declined), glosses over issues related to privilege and the Read