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We Will Not Be Silenced: An Update on Kelly’s Story
April 15, 2015 BY ImprovingBirth
In August of 2014, we told you (and showed you, via video) Kelly’s story of a forced episiotomy, experienced while she was giving birth to her son in 2013. Kelly contacted us, asking for help finding resolution.  Her original intent was to work with the hospital where she gave birth to make sure what happened…
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Press Release: Pregnant Women Ask Court to Affirm Their Constitutional Rights
January 15, 2015 BY Cristen Pascucci
See Human Rights in Childbirth's excellent article "Women's Voices Amicus Curiae Brief: Informed Consent and Refusal" for more detail on Rinat Dray's story and her case Rinat Dray vs. Staten Island Hospital et al., including the full brief submitted to the court with 42 stories from American women recounting personal experiences with nonconsented procedures in…
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Huge Study: Cesarean Birth Major Risk Factors for Chronic Disorders in Children
January 8, 2015 BY ImprovingBirth
The release of the largest study of its kind confirms yet again that the Cesarean epidemic in the U.S. deserves more attention, and women deserve better information and options. Evidence continues to emerge that birth by surgery, while sometimes necessary and wanted, is not benign. Increasingly, researchers are finding relationships between Cesarean birth and babies’…
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Care You Can Trust: A Hospital Models Patient-Centered Care
December 2, 2014 BY ImprovingBirth
This article is part of Improving Birth's "Care You Can Trust" campaign--identifying, describing, and honoring great care and great care providers.  To see photos and examples from mothers about their own experiences with great care, CLICK HERE, and to read our article "12 Signs You Can Trust Your Care," CLICK HERE.   [caption id="attachment_7140" align="aligncenter"…
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Because Mothers Matter
December 2, 2014 BY ImprovingBirth
4 Million women give birth every year in the United States and how their babies get here matters. It was only after I gave birth that I grasped the real value of what I instinctively wanted.  I'm not sure I knew it then, but my tendency toward a physiologic birth was me protecting myself and…
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Twelve Signs You Can Trust Your Care
November 6, 2014 BY Cristen Pascucci
How do you know you’re getting good care? In the U.S., there is a vast range of maternity care practices—from the highest-quality care to the downright medieval. To make it even more confusing, “luxury care” doesn’t necessarily look that way: some of the poshest hospitals I know, with the slickest ad campaigns, have some of…
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