Congress finally guaranteed paid leave to federal workers when they have a new baby or adopt or foster a child.
In England, at least half of all babies are born into the hands of midwives, including both Princess Kate’s and Meghan Markle’s children. In Sweden and Finland, both countries at the top of their obstetric game, care during pregnancy is provided almost exclusively by midwives, with obstetricians involved in only high-risk pregnancies.
While President Trump prepared to deliver his “State of the Union” address, Mothering Justice Michigan Executive Director Eboni Taylor offered an address to highlight disparities and inequalities Black mothers face and to challenge the public and policymakers to take action.
The World Health Organization recently reported a global decline in the maternal mortality rate over the past 20 years—but pregnancy related deaths in the United States more than doubled across the same two decades. Why is motherhood such a precarious state in a prosperous country like ours?
In the aftermath of my son’s birth, I found myself caught between two clashing world views.
The girl who came to the rural health center in Jocotán was only 13. I cannot forget her face. Her eyes were wide with terror and shame. Her voice trembled when she finally got up the nerve to speak, and then she collapsed, crying. She was pregnant. She had no idea how it had happened. It seems incredible, but nobody had ever explained to her how her body worked.
It’s wrong that something as normal and natural as becoming a parent cost me a career that I loved and was good at, and cost me my financial well-being. Starting a family should not come at the price I was forced to pay.
The use of solitary confinement for incarcerated pregnant people is an indefensible and cruel practice. Unfortunately, it’s more common than you might think.
Until we learn to truly trust the people giving birth to know what’s best for themselves and their babies, we will continue to spend more healthcare dollars per person than any other country—while killing and traumatizing increasing numbers of parents with our ignorance.
“Support is crucial for establishing and making broadly available specialized treatment programs for drug-addicted pregnant and breastfeeding women wherever possible.”