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When You’re Pregnant During a Pandemic

This article was originally published in The Atlantic.  On February 27, I summited Mount Kilimanjaro and immediately had a desperate urge to pee. I should have known then, squatting in the snow next to the…

“I’m Homeless—How Can I Self-Quarantine?”

This article was originally published in Marie Claire. Across from two of the tall, unnervingly skinny palm trees Los Angeles is known for, there is a light blue bungalow in a row of neat, single-story…

‘You Are Beautiful’: the Kenyan Beauty Parlour Serving Female Heroin Users

This article was originally published in The Guardian.  Naima Said stands back and studies her handiwork. “Not quite,” the self-taught beauty therapist mumbles, her forehead furrowed in frustration. Then she delicately dabs her client’s eyelid…

Why the Coronavirus Outbreak Could Hit Women Hardest

This article was originally published in TIME.  At 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, I got a text message saying my children’s school in D.C. would close the next day for a deep cleaning. I’m a single…

Meet Beauty Therapist Saving Female Heroin Addicts

This article was originally published in The Daily Nation.  Naima Said stands back and studies her handiwork. “Not quite,” the 31-year-old self-taught beauty therapist mumbles, her forehead furrowed in frustration. She delicately dabs her client’s…

My Cousin’s Experience with Childhood Trauma

This article was originally published in Al Día. Trauma is not only created by singular incidents. It can also be born out of a person’s repeated or continuous exposure to stress. A child in poverty…

The World’s Mothers Are Watching Ever More Babies Die of Starvation

This article was originally published in Foreign Policy.  When 14-year-old Wounaba first found out that she was pregnant, she was excited—until the fear kicked in. For as long as she could remember, her family of…

Worried About Abortion Laws? Catholic Hospital Mergers Also Seen as Threat to Women’s Health Care

This article was originally published in USA Today.  In 1995, Lois Uttley was working as a reproductive rights advocate in New York when the merger of two hospitals in Troy, a city near Albany, caught…

Wisconsin’s Catholic Hospitals Limit Reproductive Procedures

This article was originally published on The Washington Post. MILWAUKEE — When Ascension’s St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee announced it would cut back services in 2018, residents of the surrounding Sherman Park area protested. The…

When Catholic Hospitals Merge, Reproductive Services Can Change

This article was originally published in Wisconsin Watch.  The shift toward managed care in the mid-to-late 1990s and passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 pressured health systems to contain costs, fueling mergers between…

Catholic Hospitals Often Only Choice For Women of Color in Milwaukee

This article was originally published in Wisconsin Watch.  Expectant mothers in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, have a wealth of hospitals to choose from, unlike some of their counterparts in rural areas. For the county’s black and…

Catholics Run One-Third of Wisconsin Hospitals, Putting Many Reproductive Procedures Off-Limits

This article was originally published in Wisconsin Watch.  When Ascension’s St. Joseph Hospital in Milwaukee announced it would cut back services in 2018, residents of the surrounding Sherman Park area balked. The predominantly black, low-income…

One-Fifth of Women Don’t Know if Abortion Is Illegal in Kenya, New Study Shows

This article was originally published in The Daily Nation.  A new study by Marie Stopes Kenya showed that 20.7 per cent of women seeking abortion services in Nairobi “do not know” whether the process is…

‘Dumped Babies Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg’: The Deadly Consequences of Curbing Reproductive Rights

This article was originally published in The Telegraph.  It’s a hot mid-August morning, and Lydia Wambui’s bright green overalls are soaked. She’s standing knee-deep in Nairobi River, using a metal rod to catch rubbish lazily…

How to Make Abortion Great Again

This article was originally published in Harper’s Bazaar. On a rainy day in May, in the Polish coastal city of Gdańsk, in a high-ceilinged room on the second floor of an unremarkable building, 16 women…

A Test With No Answer: Why Are American Doctors Performing Virginity Tests?

This article was originally published in Marie Claire. Twenty-two-year-old anatomist Andreas Vesalius stood over the limp body of an 18-year-old Belgian noblewoman. A tight corset constricted her torso; she died from an ailment of the…

Maternity Care Crisis (Averted?)

This article was originally published by Generocity. Dad was speeding down I-95 past the Philadelphia Airport, his heavily pregnant wife moaning in the SUV. The drive was too far; the traffic too congested. Eventually, he…

Staying Connected: Moms Who Pump in Prison

This article was originally published by Next City. Warden Nancy Giannetta, clutching a dense ring of keys, gets buzzed through a series of security doors and into Unit G of Riverside Correctional Facility, a county…
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