Birth

Rx for Change: Are VBAC Bans Medically Justified?

By NWHN Staff | Oct 27, 2020 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: Are VBAC Bans Medically Justified?

By Zoe Lee-Chiong Women should be able to choose how to deliver their children, with only limited exceptions. Unfortunately, American hospitals often restrict pregnant women from having a vaginal delivery, with harmful consequences.  Take the case of Rinant Dray, who…

I have been seeing policymakers push to have the drug Makena taken off the market. Why? What is wrong with Makena?

By NWHN Staff | Oct 21, 2020 | Comments Off on I have been seeing policymakers push to have the drug Makena taken off the market. Why? What is wrong with Makena?

Makena is a progestin injection used to reduce the risk of preterm birth, or birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy, in pregnant people with a history of spontaneous preterm birth. Policymakers and health advocates, including the NWHN, are advocating to…

Should COVID-19 Impact the Labor and Delivery Process and the Presence of Support Guests?

By NWHN Staff | Mar 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Should COVID-19 Impact the Labor and Delivery Process and the Presence of Support Guests?

As health care workers inevitably reduce the attention they give to people in labor in order to attend to the pandemic, support persons will be instrumental in making sure mothers and infants receive the care they need.

What Is a Doula?

By Evita Almassi | Jun 12, 2019 | Comments Off on What Is a Doula?

Doulas provide emotional support and coaching to women and their families, most often during and after childbirth. Doulas supplement other health care providers involved in birth and pregnancy and, ultimately, act as birth advocates.

My “Baby Friendly” Hospital Harmed My Baby: How Hospitals Can Do Better

By Sarah Christopherson | Feb 6, 2019 | Comments Off on My “Baby Friendly” Hospital Harmed My Baby: How Hospitals Can Do Better

Good information isn’t always enough to overcome bad systems.

Why Do Doctors Still Use Terbutaline to Delay Preterm Labor Despite Its Major Health Risks?

By NWHN Staff | Apr 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Why Do Doctors Still Use Terbutaline to Delay Preterm Labor Despite Its Major Health Risks?

Terbutaline is a medication used to delay preterm labor. It is in a class of drugs called betamimetics, which help prevent and slow contractions of the uterus.

What Kind of Birthing Choices Do Women Have Across the Country in Terms of Midwives?

By NWHN Staff | Mar 22, 2018 | Comments Off on What Kind of Birthing Choices Do Women Have Across the Country in Terms of Midwives?

The restrictions for Certified Midwives make the practice of midwifery inaccessible for many expecting parents. Some families who have used midwives have been charged with child abuse or neglect due to the regulations. And even if you live in a state where midwives practice legally, there could be insurance obstacles that block your access to these services.

Getting Pregnant After 35

By Ali Tweedt | Aug 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Getting Pregnant After 35

Are there additional complications women should consider before conceiving in their mid-thirties?

Birth Control After Childbirth

By NWHN Staff | Jul 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Birth Control After Childbirth

It’s possible to become pregnant very soon after having a baby, so it’s important for new moms to think ahead about their postpartum birth control plan.

My Vaginal Birth After C-Section

By NWHN Staff | Jul 24, 2015 | Comments Off on My Vaginal Birth After C-Section

My son Jack’s birth in August 2014 was an exhilarating experience that left me exhausted and fulfilled. During the months that followed, I spent many hours reliving the moments leading to his birth. I can still remember the tempered excitement, pain, fear of more pain, and the wonder of seeing a little naked perfect body for the first time.