Birth and the Fetus Ejection Reflex

Marion’s Message

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The Labor of Giving Birth

Labor can be long or short—it’s all normal. Organizations that make policy regarding birth are finally beginning to come to terms with that fact.

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The Death of a Childbearing Black Woman

Shalon Irving died on January 28, 2017, from complications of high blood pressure and heart problems. She left behind a four-week-old baby girl. Shalon, 36 years old, was an epidemiologist and commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service (USPHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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More on Human Rights for Childbearing Women

Although many women experience coercive and traumatic hospital births, others fully trust their OB/GYN and prefer to birth in a clinical setting. Women must choose their allies in birth carefully while remaining mindful that castigating all OB care providers does a great disservice to those medical professionals who observe and respect human and childbirth rights.

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Marion’s message: Placenta Accreta

Contributor Marion Toepke McLean offers a thoughtful overview of recent studies on the treatment of Placenta Accreta.

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Human Rights for Breech Mamas

Marion reviews research on vaginal breech birth, defending access to safe, vaginal birth for breech babies.

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Family Planning and Safe Motherhood

In January 2010, I was asked to help the Teso Safe Motherhood Project in Soroti, Uganda, develop their family planning program. Family planning is important to safe motherhood; it can decrease maternal mortality and morbidity and help people have healthier families.

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Changing Childbirth: The Midwife & the Phoenix

This midwife is on the cusp of change. The day before yesterday, December 31, I worked my last day at Planned Parenthood. At midnight, as 2009 changed to 2010 and the younger generation set off fireworks in the barnyard, I became a retired person—social security-qualified and all!

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A Difficult Breech Birth

Marion tells the incredible story of a breech birth at the Teso Safe Motherhood Clinic in Soroti, Uganda.

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