Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave: Why It’s Important

Paid maternity leave is a hot topic in the United States’ policy realm. In his efforts to appeal to female voters during his campaign, President Donald Trump promised to implement paid maternity leave as part of his Presidency [1]. And recently, in his first speech to Congress, the President also promised “paid family leave” [2]. … Continue reading Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave: Why It’s Important

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Generational Expectations of Motherhood, Education and Society in Mexico

My great-grandmother was born in 1909 in Guadalajara, Mexico to a military general. Her mother passed away soon after her birth and her father died in the Mexican Revolution. She was adopted by a family with a large hacienda—or estate—and lived with them until she married my great-grandfather. Mexican tradition called for a man courting … Continue reading Generational Expectations of Motherhood, Education and Society in Mexico

The America We Are and the America We Want to Be

It’s Wednesday morning, November 9th at around 11:30 am, and I’m sitting on my couch still in my pajamas, with puffy, red, tear-filled eyes. I’m exhausted and sad and deflated and confused. My eyes are at a level of red and puffy you get after hearing the faint sound of the flute start to play … Continue reading The America We Are and the America We Want to Be

Women’s Right to Elect Birth Method

The saying often goes that the end justifies the means. The “end” of improved maternal health seems a worthy candidate for sacrifice, but what if the “means” are denying women the right to choose how they will give birth? And what if the desired end of improved maternal health is actually just a disguised political … Continue reading Women’s Right to Elect Birth Method

Planned Parenthood: Giving more to society than controversy

Women are peculiarly vulnerable when it comes to personal health and healthcare, facing the potential for breast, ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers as well as the common maladies (heart disease, diabetes, etc) the male portion of the population shares with us. Living in a first-world country such as the United States of America provides a … Continue reading Planned Parenthood: Giving more to society than controversy

Maternal Healthcare in Developing Countries

When we talk about women and healthcare, we often jump to maternal healthcare. Consequently, many of us have heard the horror stories of appalling maternal healthcare in developing countries. For example, one aid representative describes how in Malawi, there were “maternity wards where there would be 100 women in labour in the courtyard, and only … Continue reading Maternal Healthcare in Developing Countries