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Giving birth is hard enough. Try it in the middle of a wildfire.

Giving birth is hard enough. Try it in the middle of a wildfire.

By April Dembosky, KQED Kaiser Health News Days before there was any sign of fire, Nicole and Ben Veum of Santa Rosa, Calif., had been waiting and waiting for their baby to arrive. Nicole’s due date came and went. Her doctor called her into the hospital — Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital — to induce labor. […]

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Oregon, Texas are latest states to put down markers on abortion coverage

Oregon, Texas are latest states to put down markers on abortion coverage

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has signed a bill that prohibits insurers from covering abortion unless a woman’s life is in danger. In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, signed an expansive bill that requires health plans to cover reproductive health services, including contraceptive drugs, devices and procedures. Abortion is one of those services.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hypertension, obesity contributing factors in maternal deaths in WA

Hypertension, obesity contributing factors in maternal deaths in WA

Obesity and hypertension were common factors in the 69 pregnancy-related maternal deaths reported in Washington state in 2014-2015.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

By failing to alert new mothers to such risks, nurses may be missing an opportunity to help reduce the maternal mortality rate in the U.S., the highest among affluent nations. An estimated 700 to 900 women die in the U.S. every year from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes and 65,000 nearly die,

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

“Doula” comes from the Greek, meaning “a woman who helps.” Although doulas are trained to assist expectant mothers through labor, delivery and beyond, they are not medical providers like midwives.

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

As leaders in Washington discussed the future of American health care, women were not always allowed in the room. To hammer out (behind closed doors) the Senate’s initial version of a bill to replace Obamacare, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed 12 colleagues, all male.

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pregnant women shouldn’t start taking vitamin B3 just yet: reports it prevents miscarriage and birth defects are overblown

Pregnant women shouldn’t start taking vitamin B3 just yet: reports it prevents miscarriage and birth defects are overblown

Reports on a new study claim supplementation with vitamin B3 during pregnancy could prevent miscarriages and birth defects. So should all pregnant women start taking B3 supplements? Not so fast.

August 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicine’s gender revolution: how women stopped being treated as ‘small men’

Medicine’s gender revolution: how women stopped being treated as ‘small men’

Men and women respond differently to diseases and treatments for biological, social and psychological reasons.

August 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are high heels bad for your health?

Are high heels bad for your health?

Given the evidence that more frequent wear is worse for women’s health, it is especially important that women are not required to wear high heels at work.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

No matter a woman’s age or how comfortable she is with her gynecologist, she may still be unsure about a few things, like which symptoms are worth mentioning, how often to make an appointment and how to prepare for an exam.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More