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FGM researcher says midwives are the frontline of Australia’s fight against the practice

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ABC Radio Sydney, 6/2/2020 For Western Sydney University researcher Olayide Ogunsiji, female genital mutilation was so prevalent where she grew up in Nigeria, her own cutting was never questioned. When her daughter was born, there was every chance her child would have also undergone the traumatic practice if not for the education Dr Ogunsiji received in antenatal care.  Key points: Female genital...

How pregnancy can be made more difficult by maternity care’s notions of ‘normal’

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The Conversation, October 8, 2019 10.04pm AEDT Maternity records in the UK have spaces only for the expectant mother and the baby’s father. This inflexibility can cause difficulties for the pregnant person, their partner, and their unborn baby if they do not fit into these boxes. Over the last decade there has been a significant increase in the number of people conceiving outside of the...

Concerns for women after SA closes two centres for surgical abortion

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ABC News, 19/09/2019 Two of South Australia’s surgical abortion services have been shut down over the past 18 months, amid community concerns about the impact on women seeking care. In January, services were relocated from the main abortion provider in the state, the Pregnancy Advisory Centre in Adelaide’s inner-western suburbs, moving all surgical abortions to the Queen Elizabeth...

Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

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Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Bangkok: July 2019 The resource “Blueprint for  Sexual and Reproductive  Health, Rights, and Justice” has just been released by Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and endorsed by multiple international organisations.  While it focuses on US policy environ, it is more broadly applicable: in...

Poorer outcomes for babies born to teen mums – often linked to low socioeconomic status

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare,  02 May 2018 Babies of teenage mothers often experience poorer health outcomes than babies born to women just a few years older, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) first report on this subject. The report, Teenage mothers in Australia 2015, shows that about 8,200 teenage mothers gave birth to 8,300 babies (3% of all...

Design Agency ‘Frog’ Redesigns The Dreaded Gynecology Exam

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co.design, 10.10.17 Cold metal. Eerie clicking sound. Torturous duck-billed shape. Yes, I’m talking about the speculum, the anxiety-inducing device that doctors use to check  vaginal health. Despite its status as an instrument of discomfort and its dark history–involving a doctor who experimented on slave women – the speculum remains to this day one of the centerpieces of the often dreaded annual...

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