Weekly News Round-Up, 8/23/09
Lots of stuff at Our Bodies Our Blog as usual. One I didn’t get around to linking last week is a piece about how Washington State is attempting to reduce c-sections by equalizing Medicaid reimbursements for vaginal birth vs. (non-emergency) c-section.
The New York Times Magazine has a special issue this week on women, including an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her approach to global women’s issues.
The National Sexuality Resource Center has launched the Cool Aunt campaign, centered around the trusted adults in a child’s life when s/he is unwilling or unable to obtain needed information about sex and growing up from her/his own parents. I’m often thought I would give the nieces/nephews a copy of S.E.X when they’re a little older (it’s excellent, and the resource I wish I had as a young person), but that would probably cause untold amounts of drama.
Of course, every time one of the sisters-in-law gets pregnant, announces the sex, and gets a pink/blue flood as a response, I want to explain to everybody that you can actually only tell sex from an ultrasound, not gender. So maybe I’m not so much a “cool” aunt as a “pedantic feminist asshole” aunt. Ahem. Which I’m fine with.
Renee of Womanist Musings has been guest blogging at Feministe, and has this commentary there on PeTA’s latest appalling ad campaign. Kate Harding also covers the campaign at Shapely Prose. I usually try to ignore PeTA altogether, because they have demonstrated over and over again their disregard for female human bodies.
The Unnecesarean is asking readers to critique an episode of “The Doctors” in which birth was the topic. Lauredhel at Hoyden also covered the episode and has lots of comments on the post. From a quick skim, the thing that stands out to me is that the ob/gyn on hand said that the rate of shoulder dystocia could be “10 to 15%, depending on the population.” My impression was that the actual incidence was generally well under 5%, except in some specific circumstances. Making it seem like it might be a 10-15% chance for any pregnancy seems irresponsible.
FEMA has information for pet owners on what to do in an emergency.
Daily Women’s Health Policy Report has a bit on abortion and health care reform.
Nuestra Vida Nuestra Voz has a piece on environmental injustices, and it includes mention of the coal ash spill in Tennessee.
The Center for American Progress is talking about employment hurdles faced by pregnant women and mothers. [Hat tip to radical doula]
Apparently ACOG issued a new guidance on food/drink intake during labor, and finally conceded that clear liquids (not just ice chips) are probably fine most of the time. Haven’t read it yet, but I’ll expect my midwifey/provider readers to chime in with comments about how exceedingly small the aspiration risk actually is anyway.