Mon, April 07, 2014
Deshani Senewiratne NWHN Intern
  Women are increasingly becoming the primary breadwinners, while more men are choosing to stay at home and raise the kids. This scenario may sound like a victory for gender equality and the eradication of gender-based discrimination, but unfortunately the reality of the situation is not as joyful. Women might be replacing men as the primary breadwinners in many families,...
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Thu, April 03, 2014
NWHN Staff
  It is that time again for the Network’s Board Elections!  By now you should have received your postcard in the mail that looks like the image below. The postcard comes from Election Trust, a company the Network hired to help us out.  The postcard should have all the information needed about how to vote via a secure on-line ballot.  You can also request...
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Tue, March 25, 2014
Quantanise Williams NWHN Intern
  In 1855, a practicing gynecological physician, Dr. Edward Tilt, treated a 45-year-old woman that sought to be cured of depression, hot flushes and sleeplessness. Tilt recorded that ‘she complains of being all atremble, sleepless at night, powerless all day ... she sits alone, doleful and disconsolate, ashamed of herself for being so lazy and still unable to do...
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Fri, March 21, 2014
Sarah Eyman NWHN Intern
  Last summer I took my first bite of chicken in ten years and thought I was making a lifestyle change that would improve my health.  Throughout my ten years as a vegetarian others telling me I was not receiving enough protein and that if I started to replace carbs with meat I would lose weight and tone up always nagged me. Yet since eating meat I have gained weight and...
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Tue, March 04, 2014
Deshani Senewiratne NWHN Intern
  You pull up to the parking lot at a health clinic, and once you exit, fistfuls of pamphlets are handed to you. Irate women and men, screaming, “You have other options”, “Your baby is a gift from God” and “You’re killing your baby!” Multiple angry voices shouting at you for being a murderer. This image embodies all the fears and...
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Mon, February 24, 2014
Quantanise Williams NWHN Intern
    Breastfeeding comes with an array of benefits. Babies are healthier, mothers are happier and the environment is cleaner. You even save money by breastfeeding! I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for saving a dollar or two.  Get Over Ø  Worrying about offending or making others uncomfortable Ø  Feeling shameful and...
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Tue, February 18, 2014
Amy Allina, Deputy Director and Lillian Hewko, Program Coordinator at NWHN
  This article was originally published in the Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need newsletter.  More than 70 lawsuits are working their way through the courts to challenge the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive coverage requirement.  These include not just the cases brought by non-profit organizations that seek an exemption based on...
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Wed, February 12, 2014
Sarah Eyman NWHN Intern
  “I was a teenager when I first noticed the symptoms. I had swollen knees, rashes on my face, back and neck and would slip in and out of depression with erratic mood swings. I thought it was puberty! I tried to make sense of it all and blamed the symptoms on other things….Over a period of four years I had many tests including blood tests. By then my symptoms...
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Tue, February 04, 2014
Deshani Senewiratne NWHN Intern
  His eyes, personality, physical appearance, and just about everything else makes you smile and light up from inside out.  His “good morning” texts are the reasons you wake up every morning. He makes you feel like the girl with the nearly perfect boyfriend that all the girls are jealous of. As time goes by, you feel the cage walls closing in, the door...
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Fri, January 24, 2014
Quantanise Williams NWHN Intern
  My heart felt like it skipped a hundred beats when a doctor at my school clinic told me that my Pap smear results were abnormal. I was 18 years old and this was my very first pap smear! So many thoughts ran through my mind, “Do I have cancer? Do I have a STI? Can I have sex? Will I be able to have children?” The doctor’s simple response to my mental...
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