I started school back up after a 5 week summer break and it's been a difficult transition. I've been pretty distracted by the internet- the new Feministing layout, doula stuff including my upcoming ToLabor training and a feature on RadicalDoula.com, and several pieces of news that have dominated my mind.
The first thing to share is the new recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) on VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean). "The preponderance of evidence suggests that most women with one previous cesarean delivery with a low transverse incision are candidates for and should be counseled about VBAC and offered TOLAC." Not that we didn't already know that, but the fact that the ACOG is coming out with a more positive opinion on VBAC is encouraging. Take it with a grain of salt, though- we all know the trend of caregivers ignoring the medical community's recommendations (take circumcision for example), but I'm hoping this will give women seeking a VBAC some leverage when looking for a care provider. How do you think it will effect birth options?
On the abortion front, several women in Mexico have been found being held in prison, serving 20-30 year sentences, for having abortions (one of which reported to be a spontaneous abortion, i.e. miscarriage) The worst part is that the same district that is incarcerating them (while denying it) refused to teach sexuality education in it's schools. Read the complete article here.
On a more positive note, I just got the first issue of SQUAT in the mail. I'm really excited to see the beginning of a wave of radical birth journals and zines (including Outlaw Midwives Vol. 1). It's making me think that I should probably work on my writing skills...