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Abortion by mail delivers promise for better access but political questions remain

Abortion by mail delivers promise for better access but political questions remain

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News When the abortion pills arrived in her mailbox this summer, she felt anxious but also in control, knowing she could end her pregnancy entirely in the privacy of her own home. “I was happy that I was going to be able to do it myself and I did not […]

November 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Laughing gas for labor pain? It’s poised for a comeback

Laughing gas for labor pain? It’s poised for a comeback

By Kristin Espeland Gourlay, RINPR Kaiser Health News Since the mid-1800s, laughing gas been used for pain relief, but it’s usually associated with a visit to the dentist. In the early 20th century, women used it to ease the pain of labor, but its use declined in favor of more potent analgesia. Now, a small […]

November 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
How some states are making effective birth control more available

How some states are making effective birth control more available

By Michael Ollove Stateline During her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2012, Michelle Moniz treated an expectant mother in her early 20s who wanted an intrauterine birth control device surgically inserted immediately after her delivery. But because the state Medicaid agency didn’t use a separate billing code […]

November 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County It’s that time of year. The kids have been in school for a while and the germs are circulating. We sat down with Libby Page from our Immunizations Program to learn what our options are for flu vaccine this season. Why is it important to get […]

November 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Long-term, reversible contraception gains traction with young women

Long-term, reversible contraception gains traction with young women

By Michael Tomsic, WFAE Kaiser Health News Nurse practitioner Kim Hamm talked in soothing tones to her 14-year-old patient as she inserted a form of long-acting contraception beneath the skin of the girl’s upper arm. “This is the numbing medicine, so you’re going to feel me touch you here,” she said, taking the teen’s arm. […]

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
To curb unintended pregnancy, states turn to IUDs — in the delivery room

To curb unintended pregnancy, states turn to IUDs — in the delivery room

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News AUSTIN — Peggy Wall, a family nurse practitioner at a local community health center, treats many women in their 40s, who already have a family and find themselves confronting an accidental pregnancy. Many, she says, wish they had taken preventive steps after their last child was born and could […]

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Got Zika? For pregnant women lab delays mean it’s often hard to know

Got Zika? For pregnant women lab delays mean it’s often hard to know

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Houston-based Legacy Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center, is trying hard to fight the Zika virus. It’s screening pregnant women and following federal guidelines to test people at risk. But despite best efforts, there’s a problem, says Legacy’s chief medical officer, Dr. Ann Barnes. Women who could […]

October 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

By Christine Vestal Stateline HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Before hospitals in the rest of the country started seeing a surge in the number of infants born with severe drug withdrawal symptoms, this town of 50,000 was already facing a crisis. In 2010, babies born to mothers using heroin were filling up so many beds in the […]

October 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

By Micheal Ollove Stateline Although the United States recently experienced a slight drop in maternal deaths, the nation’s maternal mortality rate has risen steeply since 2000 at the same time it fell by more than a third globally. New data from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research group funded […]

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News I’m the health reporter covering the Zika story here at WLRN in Miami, and I’m a pregnant woman. When Florida Gov. Rick Scott made free Zika testing available to all pregnant Floridians through the Florida Department of Health, I was one of the more than 2,200 women who […]

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More