women's health care

Discrimination Against Pregnancy Can Harm Baby

Jul 24, 2020

New research shows that discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace has profound effects on the baby and the mother, both before and after birth.

A new state law aimed at protecting patients from unwanted pelvic exams - sparked by reports of women being subjected to exams while they were under anesthesia - has created uncertainty for physicians and nurses.

Carissa Helmer and her husband had been trying to get pregnant for five or six months by early April, when COVID-19 started to spike in the Washington, D.C., area where they live. Maybe, they mused, they should stop trying to conceive for a few months.

But then a pregnancy test came back positive.

"We were, like, 'Oh well — I guess it's too late for that!' " Helmer says, laughing.

At some point, you or a woman you know has likely looked through a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves. The book was revolutionary when it was first published in the early 1970s. It taught women about their own anatomy and sexuality at a time when talking frankly about sex was considered — well, unladylike.

Gaps In Women’s Health Care May Derail Zika Prevention In Florida, Texas

Jun 14, 2016
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Mosquitoes bearing Zika — a virus that can cause birth defects when contracted by pregnant women — are expected to reach the United States as soon as this summer, with Florida and Texas likely to be among the hardest-hit states.