When talking about maternal health, C-sections are a major part of that conversation. More and more mothers, for one reason or another, are needing to have the surgery. Annually, women have 23 million C-sections across the globe. They are the most frequently performed medical procedure for women between the ages of 21-30 in the US. While Denmark at 19.9% has one of the highest C-section rates in Scandinavia and it still falls well below the US average at 32%. Read more on this here. A problem that is happening within many hospitals is what is deemed as medically necessary to perform a C-section.
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WHAMWoman Pat Mastors, Executive Director of The Patients’ View Institute, sat down with Susan Hassmiller for a compelling conversation.
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Left after an accident with partial use of her legs, Ruth hopes her ascent of Kiliminjaro July 27th helps Planned Parenthood continue to empower women's health.
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And the winner is - the Latino Community Center, who will now have the help of the WHAM Pittsburgh community to bring much-needed education about pregnancy and childbirth to Latina moms.
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When doctors could not find treatment for her children's rare disease, Sharon Terry and her husband became "citizen scientists".
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The Founder of Women of Impact and Co-Founder of WHAM Global is excited about taking on her newest challenge...and shares what it means for her involvement in WHAM Boston.
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Two dozen top women leaders in health care from the Boston area put their heads together earlier this month to start planning WHAMBoston. The consensus: it's the start of something big.
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If you’re over a certain age (25? 30? 40?) you probably have a story of a dear friend/sister/cousin/daughter who had a terrifying time in childbirth. For me it was my dear friend Katie, who was 8 months pregnant when flu-like symptoms sent her to the doctor, who gave her a short of Vitamin B-12 and told her to go home and rest.
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We're getting whiplash. Every time we turn around there seems to be a new affront to women. Whether making pregnancy a "pre-existing condition", defunding Planned Parenthood, or fashioning health policy with no women in the room.
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It happened to me, and it likely happened to you: a nurse who made all the difference. On National Nurses Week, a shout-out to "Nurse Lisa", and a national leader among nurses thanks three nurses for helping her survive her own devastating loss.
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100 days into Donald Trump's Presidency, how is the surge in women activism manifesting? The news is mixed: 'Emily's List, a group that supports Democratic women candidates who support abortion rights, has heard from over 11,000 women seeking a path to political office since Election Day...As of January 23, VoteRunLead had trained 5,000 women to run for office over a two-year period -- 2,300 of those trainings were in the two months following the election.' BUT...
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When life threw her a curve ball, journalist and cancer survivor Ysabel Duron turned challenge into a new calling by turning the camera on herself. Her "encore career" shines a spotlight on cancer for Latino communities across the United States.
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Is the greatness of a medical team determined by training? Skills? Trust? The running of the Boston Marathon reminds me of that awful day four years ago when the Brigham & Women's emergency team went into action, relying on all of the above to save victims of the bombing. I was there when their beepers went off.
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After decades in Washington, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has noticed something about how she differs from her male peers."I prepare so much more than some of my male colleagues,” Chao tells POLITICO. "And I know women who are prepared more and we get ridiculed..."
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A Wisconsin surgeon Tweeting out a photo of women surgeon colleagues likely had little idea it would go viral. But her action is a stellar example of how women can leverage our wits - and the tools of new media - to be a force for change.
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