Pregnancy

Rx for Change: Are VBAC Bans Medically Justified?

By NWHN Contributor | 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 Contributor | 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…

Navigating Pregnancy Care in a Pandemic

By Evita Almassi | May 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Navigating Pregnancy Care in a Pandemic

Pregnancy in a pandemic. These are words I never thought I’d use. But here I am, halfway through my pregnancy trying to navigate a global public health crisis. While every pregnancy poses its own challenges, mine has highlighted the ways in which telemedicine in the era of COVID-19 can expand access to quality care when done well and hinder it when done badly.

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.

What to Expect When You Stop Expecting: Demystifying Miscarriage and Medication Abortion 

By Sarah Christopherson | Jun 4, 2019 | Comments Off on What to Expect When You Stop Expecting: Demystifying Miscarriage and Medication Abortion 

Anti-abortion zealots have sought to criminalize miscarriage and charge women for “endangering” their pregnancies. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is a “Geriatric Pregnancy?”

By Evita Almassi | May 14, 2019 | Comments Off on What Is a “Geriatric Pregnancy?”

You may have heard the term “geriatric pregnancy” to describe pregnancy in women over age 35 — it’s come up a lot recently due to Meghan Markle’s pregnancy at age 37.

Can Using a Menstrual Cup Help You Get Pregnant?

By Evita Almassi | Apr 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Can Using a Menstrual Cup Help You Get Pregnant?

A new method for improving your chances of getting pregnant has been floating around parenting and TTC (trying to conceive) blogs recently: using a menstrual cup.

Can I Get Pregnant if I Have PCOS?

By NWHN Staff | Apr 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Can I Get Pregnant if I Have PCOS?

PCOS can cause your eggs to develop incorrectly or to not get released during ovulation. If eggs don’t get released, you can’t get pregnant.

Smartphone Contraception: Policy Issues

By NWHN Contributor | Oct 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Smartphone Contraception: Policy Issues

Natural Cycles is a high-tech version of the classic rhythm method (also called natural family planning or the fertility awareness method) in which users track their ovulation cycles in order to avoid pregnancy.