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The NWHN’s statement on the FDA’s Announcement of the Review of Harmful Restriction on Medication Abortion

By NWHN Staff | May 8, 2021 | Comments Off on The NWHN’s statement on the FDA’s Announcement of the Review of Harmful Restriction on Medication Abortion

The following statement can be attributed to Cynthia A. Pearson, Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network. Contact: Evita Almassi, ealmassi@nwhn.org or 425-749-1886 The FDA announced that it is reviewing its restrictions on mifepristone, a medication used for miscarriage…

Mary Howell

By NWHN Staff | May 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Mary Howell

In 1972, Mary Raugust Howell (1932–1998) became the first woman to serve as Dean at Harvard Medical School. Her experience as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs led Mary to expose discrimination against female medical students in her book, Why…

Alice Wolfson

By NWHN Staff | May 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Alice Wolfson

Alice Wolfson is a veteran political activist and a pioneer in the women’s health movement. She belonged to DC Women’s Liberation, and was a member of “The Daughters of Lilith” collective. Hers was one of the leading voices protesting the…

Belita Cowan

By NWHN Staff | May 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Belita Cowan

In 1972, Belita Cowan created Her-Self, which became the leading newspaper of feminist health. After talking with women who had been part of a research study at the University of Michigan’s student health service, Belita discovered that their experience was…

Phyllis Chesler

By NWHN Staff | May 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Phyllis Chesler

Phyllis Chesler is the author of 16 books, including Women and Madness, originally published in 1972. A psychotherapist herself, Phyllis exposed the double standards in perceptions of mental health and illness, and persuasively argued that women are often punitively labeled…

Barbara Seaman

By NWHN Staff | May 7, 2021 | Comments Off on Barbara Seaman

An author, women’s health activist, and energizing influence on hundreds of younger writers and organizers for nearly half a century, Barbara Seaman (1935-2008) persistently challenged the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies by exposing their drive for profit at women’s expense.…

The NWHN’s Statement on the FDA Lifting Unnecessary Restrictions on Medication Abortion

By NWHN Staff | Apr 13, 2021 | Comments Off on The NWHN’s Statement on the FDA Lifting Unnecessary Restrictions on Medication Abortion

Late last night, the FDA announced that, effective immediately, both medication abortion and miscarriage patients would be able to access mifepristone via delivery from their providers or through mail-order pharmacies. This tremendous victory will ensure that patients and providers are protected during the pandemic.

The Momnibus Act: Improving Black Maternal Health Outcomes by Increasing Doula and Midwifery Accessibility

By NWHN Staff | Mar 29, 2021 | Comments Off on The Momnibus Act: Improving Black Maternal Health Outcomes by Increasing Doula and Midwifery Accessibility

The United States has a penchant for being different even when different isn’t necessarily better. Though midwives are widely recognized around the world as the primary source of maternal health care, they only account for 8% of U.S. birth workers.

How do I report something to the FDA? My doctor and I think I might be having an adverse reaction.

By NWHN Staff | Mar 24, 2021 | Comments Off on How do I report something to the FDA? My doctor and I think I might be having an adverse reaction.

In the rare case that you have an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine, there are multiple ways to contact the FDA. While the FDA does not always investigate individual reports, it is certainly worthwhile to file a report describing what happened to you.

Since You Asked – COVID-19 vaccine safety for pregnant and lactating individuals

By NWHN Staff | Mar 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Since You Asked – COVID-19 vaccine safety for pregnant and lactating individuals

Some pregnant and lactating individuals have reported feeling hesitant about receiving one of the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines due to the exclusion of pregnant and lactating people in the clinical trials. In fact, most drugs and vaccines are never studied in pregnant people, and pregnant people are encouraged to avoid any medications that aren’t absolutely necessary.