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Double Dose: Lesbians in the Funny Pages; Future of Reproductive Health and Rights; Certified Organic Male?; You Know the Healthcare System is Broken When …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

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

Double Dose: Pharmacies Agree to Prescription Translation; Timing Right for Healthcare Overhaul; NCAA Guidelines on Pregnancy; Hairstylists Trained to Recognize Domestic Violence …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

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

Choices in Childbirth Statement Encourages Options and Evidence in Maternity Care

By Rachel Walden |

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

New York Times on Advocating for Your Health

By Rachel Walden |

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

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 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

Double Dose: Black Maternal Health in the United States; Google Fumbles on Childcare; AMA Apologizes for Past Racism; Doctors Discussing Weight; Open Letter to Obama on Late-Term Abortion; Postcards From Vermont …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

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

Studies That Scare Women – Or, How to Get Through Pregnancy Without Stressing Too Much

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

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

In Translation: Adapting and Translating “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

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

Intentional Motherhood: Discussion on Abortion, Pregnancy and Birth

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

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