If you are in need of compassionate spiritual counseling that is unbiased and nonjudgemental, try faith aloud. Faith aloud is a service offered by Alloptions, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to offering telephone counseling for pregnancy, abortion, adoption, and parenting. This organization has been operating since 2004. Their motto is: “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.” Woman of all faiths are welcome to call and use this service free of charge. Counselors are....

Post-partum depression is the most common complication after delivery. 20% of women and families are impacted by postpartum depression. This is staggering statistic, and one that will impact many women. After my first delivery I had a lot of anxiety about being a good mother, breast-feeding, and how I would re-adjust to working full-time again. I felt paralyzed for the first few weeks after delivery. It was only because of the support of my family that I was eventually able to feel I would..

Bacterial Vaginosis affects about 29% of women in the U.S. It is not a true infection but rather many researchers believe it is an overgrowth of atypical bacteria. The vagina likes to be on the acidic side and this is the job of lactobacillus the "good bacteria" that produces an acidic environment and prevents other "bad bacteria" from overgrowing. So, bacterial vaginosis is really an imbalance - not enough "good bacteria" and too much "bad bacteria". So you ask why is this important?? .....

The debate about personhood has become critical for both pro-life and prochoice advocates. As a provider and researcher of women's reproductive healthcare, this debate is something that has been on my mind for some time now. Is the embryo or fetus a person? Most pro-lifers argue that life begins at conception and this new life should also be considered a "person" and therefore have the rights of all people who are born and present on earth. While this concept sounds nice, in reality it

Sister Song women of color reproductive justice collective was founded in 1997 by 16 organizations of women of color who realized that women of color have the right and responsibility to seek out and speak out for the reproductive and social issues that impact women of color and LGBTQ women of color. Our needs are not always met by traditional middle class white feminist groups. We have unique challenges that we need to speak out for and fight for. As a woman of color physician, I am so

Wendi Woodland Kent is a photographer and an activist who is spearheading Faces of the Fight. She has gone to several abortion clinics across the country to capture the harassment that clinics have endured for decades since Roe v Wade. She also participates in teaching lay people who are interested in activism learn about abortion laws and medicine to better equip them to assist women in need of legal assistance exercising their right to choice. We thank you so much Wendi for all

As a reproductive woman's health specialist, I have always wondered about this question. Women in ancient times went through some horrific and catastrophic events, and needed control over their fertility especially in times of war, famine, natural disasters, and personal atrocities. I did some digging online and found that indeed many scientists believe that women in ancient civilizations most likely did have methods they used to prevent unwanted pregnancy and births.

If you travel through Japan, you may come across a Jizo bodhisattva garden. The Jizo is sometimes referred to as a saint. He is a figure who protects the spirits of children who have died early in life as well as the unborn who have been either miscarried, or aborted in times of duress. Women of that community will often adorn the Jizo with bibs, hats and other offerings. This tradition offers closure to women who have lost children or could not give birth due to difficult circumstances.

Hi readers and reproductive rights advocates, I have gotten wonderful feedback from close friends and colleagues about Native Girl Rites. Many people have said it would be good book for a book club. In response to this feedback I have added 15 suggested book club questions that can also be used in many educational settings. I have a set of questions that are more sedate, and some questions that have the potential to ignite heated debates. Please feel free to use them for your next book club!