Rate your doctor, midwife & hospital on The Birth Survey

If you've given birth in the United States in the past three years, you are eligible to participate in The Birth Survey. Thanks to The Birth Survey: Transparency in Maternity Care, "women can now give consumer reviews of doctors, midwives, hospitals, and birth centers, learn about the choices and birth experiences of others, and view data on hospital and birth center standard practices and intervention rates." If enough women take this survey, it could have a serious impact on maternity care in the U.S. ...more

Thank you for doing whatever you can to help spread the word, Kelly. :)

Amy
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Moms All Over the Blogosphere Write About Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

Here's a roundup of what's going on out there in the world of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders this week ... Cate at 18 Years and Counting is suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety and needs a Warrior Moms Virtual Hug. Here's a post she just wrote about her obsessions and fears. ...more

Not everyone wants to talk about it.  And that's perfectly okay.  Some people, once they get ...more

Because no baby should have to grow up without knowing her mother

While wondering today how I would segue into writing about model Christy Turlington and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell's recent campaign for maternal health, I unexpectedly came across a blog post about that very subject that stopped me in my tracks and left me in tears. The post was on Single Mom Seeking by guest blogger Matt Logelin who lost his wife and mother of their child just hours after she gave birth. ...more

 great post amy!

 

reminds me how lucky i am to survive cancer + enjoy ...more

Hide Your Hooters, The Haters Are Comin'

Here's what breaks my heart about ongoing debates about the ethics of breastfeeding in public: that there IS any debate. Shouldn't this subject be considered settled? Wasn't that the whole point of World Breastfeeding Week last week? To celebrate breastfeeding, and our will and ability to do it whenever, wherever? Was nothing learned from the Facebook/Bill Mayer debacles of last fall? ...more

I was asked to move to a changing room, asked to move to a bathroom, etcetera when I first ...more

Because Sometimes, Those Storks Make Crash Landings

This just in: childbirth can be traumatic. ...more

When will people ever realise that for some women childbirth is much, much more damaging ...more

AIDS in the USA: It's Worse Than We Thought

Have you heard about the "new" CDC surveillance system used for tracking new HIV infections? Did you notice that the infection rate is considerably higher than originally reported? Our Bodies, Our Blog has an overview of the CDC's revised HIV infection estimates. ...more

Yep, and those somebody else's are not the people "we" care anything about. Blah.

I've ...more

More Evidence That Women Heal The World

So there I was, feeling sorry for myself for having sustained extensive nether-region damage during the birth of my son ten weeks ago AND having the surgery to correct that damage BOTCHED (don't even ask), when I came across this: a Wall Street Journal report from Cindy McCain on the state of things in Rwanda. ...more

I wrote a blog that I posted last week here on blogher about Women's Power and that it will ...more

John Walsh & Others Speak Out In Support of the Advancing America's Priorities Act

This afternoon I participated in a press conference call hosted by Americans United for Change, featuring a group of people all supporting bills within the Advancing America's Priorities Act. Speakers included: ...more

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week: Mother Support

World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated by 120 countries worldwide Aug. 1-7, is just eight days away. This year's theme is "Mother Support: Going for the Gold" and, in my opinion, is such an important one. ...more

Thanks so much for your comment and sharing your experiences, TW. The double standards suck ...more

U.S. Senate: Are TVs More Important Than Moms?

It's too bad we're not televisions.  If we were, the government would make damn well sure we were working right.  But at this point, it doesn't seem that postpartum depression awareness is as important as making sure everyone in the United States knows about the transition to digital television.  ...more