Monthly Link Roundup

Have you been keeping up with all the articles posted to our Facebook page and Twitter account? Fear not if there were pieces you missed or didn’t get a chance to read, as each month we will be looking back at what we’ve posted and highlighting some notable stories and articles.

This month there were several well-written and poignant personal stories of miscarriage and abortion experiences, including “The Waiting is the Hardest Part,” a piece about getting an abortion in rural Alaska, “Heartbeat: My Involuntary Miscarriage and ‘Voluntary Abortion’ in Ohio,” and “Our Pregnant Week.”

This story from the New York Times talking about surrogacy, “Making Babies, Just to Make Ends Meet,” generated some thoughtful comments on our Facebook page about who is telling the story and how. What do you think?

From our own blog, Sarah Whedon discusses her thoughts on why being a full-spectrum doula organization is important in “Why Full-Spectrum?“. Reflecting on last month’s Salon Series event, Randie Bencanann from Adoption Connection writes on “Doulas in Adoption – Wanting to be helpful.”

Continuing on the adoption theme, at RH Reality Check a great piece from the “Evidence-Based Advocacy” column co-written by BADP volunteer Gretchen Sisson talks about “Poverty, Adoption, and Inequality in Perspective.” Another article in this series by Steph Herold, “Expanding Our Thinking about ‘Repeat’ Abortions” tells us, “it’s time we viewed each abortion as a unique experience with its own set of complex circumstances.”

This opinion piece from the New York Times, “The Family Doctor, Minus the M.D.“, talks about the role of nurse practitioners in primary care and nurse-managed clincs.

While this blog post, “On Claiming My Movement: Disability and Reproductive Justice,” is from a few years ago it is an important read. “The ownership and entitlement of the medical industrial complex of my disabled body is, in my mind, no worse than the ownership and entitlement of the system of white supremacy of my body of color; or the system of male supremacy of my female body.  In fact, they are so connected and mutually interdependent that they are impossible to separate,” writes Mia Mingus.

Finally, we leave you with this beautiful photo-essay from 1951, W. Eugene Smith’s “Nurse-Midwife“, chronicling the work of South Carolina midwife Maude Callen.

Enjoy all the reading and have a great weekend!

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