Lesbians Star in the Funny Pages: In case you missed it, Alison Bechdel’s “The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For” got a fab review in The New York Times. Dwight Garner not only heaps tons of praise, but he writes like a genuine fan, and the review is very enjoyable to read.
Even Bechdel is impressed. She wrote on her blog: “Lemme tell you whippersnappers. I can remember when the Times wouldn’t even print the word ‘dyke.’ In fact, somewhere … Read
Catch Judy Norsigian, executive director of Myhags, on the cable television program “Seeking Solutions with Suzanne” Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. (EST). Norsigian will discuss women’s health and menopause.
The show is carried on CN8, a Comcast network available in East Coast and mid-Atlantic states.
Women’s Health Activist Newsletter: Check out the November/December issue of the Women’s Health Activist newsletter, a publication from the National Women’s Health Network, and you’ll see some familiar names.
Fellow OBOB writer Rachel Walden discusses the American Psychological Association’s report that found no solid scientific evidence that abortion causes mental distress in women. And My Executive Director Judy Norsigian and Web Manager Kiki Zeldes explain why My added a new title, “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth,” and … Read
Myhags has just posted “Choices in Childbirth: A Statement by Physicians, Midwives and Women’s Health Advocates who Support Safe Choices in Childbirth,” which articulates concerns about preserving safe choices in childbirth and respect for the diversity of women’s needs. Currently signed by read than 35 midwives, physicians, educators, and other women’s health advocates, the statement urges the following actions:
1. That communities preserve the option of vaginal births after cesarean (so-called “VBACs”).
2. That options for hospital-based midwifery care (utilizing Certified Nurse Midwives … Read
The New York Times recently published a special series to help individuals advocate for their own health. The series included information on reliable health information websites, patients’ use of the Internet for self-education about their symptoms and diagnoses, how to understand a medical research report, what FDA approval really means, and several other topics.
Importantly, the Times pieces represented a largely positive take on patients becoming informed and active in their own healthcare, recommending that people seek second opinions when needed and become informed about what … Read
Mrs. Spock, a blogger who writes about infertility, motherhood, health care, writing, and everything in between, has just posted a review 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
U.S. Black Maternal Health Tied to Social Stress: Writing in Women’s eNews, June Ross looks at how advocates for black women are redefining maternal health — the period from pregnancy through the first six months after delivery — to include a woman’s overall well-being. It’s the first in a series on black maternal health.
“Regardless of their age, marital status, education or early prenatal care, African American women are read likely to bear premature and low-birth-weight infants, those under 6 pounds, whose survival odds … Read
The New York Times health blog Well features this headline: “Mother’s Diet May Affect Daughter’s Puberty,” on top of a story about a new study that concludes what women eat during pregnancy and nursing may affect the age at which their daughters start puberty.
How do researchers know this? Because of rats.
The investigators, from the University of Auckland, fed pregnant rats a high-fat diet throughout pregnancy and lactation. Another group of rats received a regular diet of rat chow. After the baby rats were … Read
It’s thrilling any time Myhags receives a positive mention. But we admit to total giddiness over the beginning of Linda Gordon’s article in The Nation:
“The progressive social movements of the last half-century produced millions of pages of print, from manifestos to journalism to novels, but nothing as influential as Our Bodies, Ourselves. The feminist women’s health manual is the American left’s most valuable written contribution to the world. This claim is meant to be provocative, of course, but it’s true. The … Read
The D.C. Abortion Fund and Myhags is sponsoring a book signing and discussion in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, May 28. It all takes place at the Hawk n’ Dove, starting at 6:30 p.m.
The discussion will focus on “Intentional Motherhood: Connecting Abortion, Pregnancy and Birth.” Speakers include My Executive Director Judy Norsigian, who will sign copies of “Myhags: Pregnancy and Birth“; Alexis Zepeda, board member, D.C. Abortion Fund; and Jill Morrison, senior counsel, National Women’s Law … Read