When other women share their birth stories, I can’t relate. My water never broke, I never had a non-Braxton-Hicks contraction, I never had my membranes stripped, I wasn’t induced and I never…labored–in a birthing tub or otherwise. You see, I knew from about 34 weeks that I was most likely going to have a scheduled C-section due to various medical complications throughout my first pregnancy. The final straw was the fact that the umbilical cord was wrapped around my daughter’s neck, and she was measuring on… >> Read More
It's been a doozy for women's reproductive health services the past six or so months (since Umbridge, er, Trump has been president). Just this week, there’s another GOP bill that would block…faculty at University of Wisconsin-Madison from even teaching OB-GYN residents how to perform abortions. Now, it's been reported that there aren't enough Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) doctors working right now--and that's a really bad thing for anyone having a baby. A study conducted by Doximity showed that the average age of OB-GYNs in the US is 51, meaning many will be retiring… >> Read More
French moms have the most children in Western Europe--because it's possible for them to, thanks to government .
Quartz released a report showing recent data for the trends for babies born in…the EU in 2015. What the data showed is interesting, to say the least. For instance, French women are having nearly two kids each, which is about what it needs to "keep its population steady." Italian moms, however, only usually have one child. Here is why French moms may be having more kids more easily, according… >> Read More
Being a woman is dangerous in other countries with regressive laws about reproductive health. Take the infuriating, heartbreaking case of 19-year-old Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, this is all too…true. Cruz, who lives in El Salvador (where abortion is illegal), was sentenced to 30 years in prison for failing to seek antenatal care. The teen said she was raped over a period of several months by a gang member. After she gave birth to a stillbirth in a toilet in 2016, she claims she didn't realize… >> Read More
I was in a hospital gown, backside exposed, tears and shock on my face, fluids running down my legs. Every part of my being was resisting the experience. The pain had become excruciating and I was…ready for drugs. “Bring it on,” I called to the nurses. The problem was, I would have to wait; it was still too early to administer an epidural. My first big lesson in surrender arrived. I remember even in those early moments, the fear that raced through my veins. “I am not strong enough to… >> Read More