Tag Archives: Childbirth

What We’re Reading

The anniversary of the enactment of Title IX was June 23rd Doctors debate how to screen for a particularly deadly form of breast cancer According to a Department of Justice report published in February, “roughly one in five women who … Continue reading

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Governor Rendell Signs Shackling Ban Into Law

Senate Bill 1074, previously known as the Healthy Birth for Incarcerated Women Act, passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on June 29th.  The bill bans the shackling of pregnant inmates in transit to a medical facility, during labor, and … Continue reading

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Shackling Ban of Pregnant Inmates Awaits Action by PA House Appropriations Committee

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1074, introduced by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Delaware/Montgomery), proposes banning the shackling of pregnant inmates during labor. SB1074, previously referred to as the Healthy Birth for Incarcerated Women Act, unanimously passed the Pennsylvania Senate on March 17, 2010. Subsequently … Continue reading

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Cesarean Sections in the News: Are Women Fully Informed?

Delivery by cesarean section is a hot topic these days.  In recent months newspapers have reported that the rate of c-sections in the U.S. has reached an all-time high; that the federal government has issued new guidelines to encourage vaginal … Continue reading

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Reducing Maternal Mortality Rates through Health Care Reform

It may come as a surprise that the United States ranks first among industrialized nations, and 42nd worldwide, in its maternal mortality rate. In an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Vice Chair of the Women’s Law Project’s Board of Trustees … Continue reading

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Widespread Support for Nurse Home-Visitation Program

President Obama has proposed a nurse home-visitation program for low-income women who are either pregnant or have recently given birth which aims to provide a cost-effective way to improve the health and well-being of first-time parents and their children. The … Continue reading

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Marital Happiness, Reproduction and Traditional Gender Roles

Stephanie Coontz, director of research at the Council on Contemporary Families, addresses recent research that suggests that “marital quality drops, often quite steeply, after the transition to parenthood” in an op-ed piece in the New York Times. This conclusion was … Continue reading

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