Feministing.com this weekend interviewed Myhags Executive Director Judy Norsigian about the new My book, “Pregnancy and Birth” — perfect timing for Mother’s Day!
The interview covers the rate of cesarean sections in the United States; how other countries compare when it comes to care during pregnancy and delivery; what My is up to these days; and lots read. Here’s an excerpt:
You’ve been doing this kind of work for so many decades. How do you keep your … Read
My’s own Judy Norsigian was featured yesterday on Philadelphia’s 10! show (a production of the local NBC affiliate) in an excellent segment on the new book, Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth.
You can view the six minute video here. In the segment, Judy discusses the origins of the book and topics including prenatal testing, fetal monitoring, and pain relief in labor. A transcript is also provided. Kudos to Judy and thanks to NBC 10 for bringing the book to … Read
Dumb Quote of the Week: “Eighteen is certainly an age where we’re putting men and women in uniform on a battlefield … I think they can decide if they want larger breasts.” — Dr. Alan Gold, a Great Neck, N.Y., plastic surgeon, as quoted in this Newsday story on breast implants.
The story notes that “according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of women 18 and younger who have had breast enlargements has risen nearly 500 percent over the last … Read
Last-Minute Reminder: Judy Norsigian, executive director of Myhags, will be at Women & Children First bookstore in Chicago Sunday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m. to discuss My’ new book, “Pregnancy and Birth.”
Get event details here. Oh, and I’ll be there, too!
Judy has two events in Chicago on Monday — both of which are free and open to the public. Then it’s on to Austin, Texas. Check the My events calendar for read cities and dates on the … Read
A report published in The Journal of Advanced Nursing found that women living in rural areas may have extra pressures in coping with menopause, including “geographical isolation, lack of confidentiality and anonymity, stress from multiple roles (including caring for aging relatives), poverty and limited health care and support services”
The study was only of 25 women, but the findings make sense. Limited access to doctors, support groups and factual information can make any condition or disease read stressful. Sheri L. Price, a nurse researcher … Read
Writing at the Huffington Post, Gloria Feldt outlines the dismal statistics for women in media, both in terms of corporate ownership and the inclusion of women’s voices in the news.
But before you get too despaired, consider Feldt’s call to action:
Fortunately a number of organizations with bold visions and courageous agendas have emerged to rectify that situation. So, after a lifetime of leadership in issue advocacy organizations, I choose now to contribute my volunteer time and money to groups working to close one of … Read
Berklee College of Music, Myhags, and the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change invite you to One Blazing Glance, a benefit concert for women’s groups around the world now producing translations and cultural adaptations of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”
This uber cool event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Simmons College Linda K. Peresky Conference Center.
The event will help fund groups currently producing cultural adaptations and translations of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” Take a look at the books in progress from Nigeria … Read
A new state-by-state report card on women’s health indicates that most states have a ways to go to meet key health objectives set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Making the Grade on Women’s Health” was released by the National Women’s Law Center in conjunction with Oregon Health & Science University.
The groups looked at 27 measures of women’s health, ranging from the rates of routine screening tests for breast and colon cancer … Read
A big welcome to readers who found this blog today thanks to Jennifer Huget’s story in the Washington Post about women driving online traffic to health websites.
Read women than men turn to the internet for medical information, according to studies conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and market research. Myhags is included in the story along with WebMD and other popular health websites.
In addition to covering those sites’ numbers and reach, Huget writes about women using … Read
There was some scary news in the L.A. Times this week about the rise in the number of adverse reactions to prescription medication:
The number of serious adverse events and deaths attributed to prescription medications has nearly tripled since the Food and Drug Administration initiated a system in 1998 to make it easier to report significant side effects, researchers said Monday.
Twenty percent of drugs accounted for 87% of adverse effects, and the biggest offenders were painkillers and drugs that modify the immune system to … Read