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Displaying records 1 through 18 (18 total).

United Nations Population Fund, International Confederation of Midwives, World Health Organization. 2014. The state of the world's midwifery: A universal pathway–A woman's right to health. New York, NY: United Nations Population Fund, 218 pp.

Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington. [2012]. My guide to working and breastfeeding: Tips on how to make working and breastfeeding work for you. [Seattle, WA]: Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington, 12 pp.

Annotation: This brochure, which is geared toward working mothers who are breastfeeding, provides information about how to successfully breastfeed while working outside the home. The brochure discusses why it is important to continue breastfeeding after returning to work, introducing a bottle, choosing child care, rights of breastfeeding women, pumping and storing breastmilk at work, creating a back-to-work plan, and overcoming challenges. The brochure is available in English and Spanish.

Contact: Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington, 155 North East 100th Street, #500, Seattle, WA 98125, Telephone: (206) 281-8032 Fax: (206) 270-8891 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Bottle feeding, Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding promotion, Child care, Consumer education materials, Infant health, Parent child relations, Parent rights, Spanish language materials, Women's rights, Working mothers

Dhillon J, Lefebvre C. 2011. Fact sheet: Women with disabilities and legal issues concerning reproductive health. Carrboro, NC: National Health Law Program, 11 pp.

Annotation: This fact sheet describes legal issues related to reproductive health that women with disabilities may face. It summarizes the reproductive health issues, including sterilization, termination of pregnancy, and infertility, and reports on litigation and court rulings related to the reproductive rights of women with disabilities. The report also discusses barriers to reproductive health access and biased reproductive health practices.

Contact: National Health Law Program, North Carolina Office, 1512 E. Franklin St., Suite 110, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, Telephone: (919) 968-6308 Fax: (919) 968-8855 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Legal issues, Reproductive health, Special health care needs, Women's health, Women's rights

Amnesty International Secretariat. 2010. Deadly delivery: The maternal health care crisis in the USA. London, UK: Amnesty International Secretariat, 138 pp.

Annotation: This report addresses maternal mortality and morbidity and the provision of health care within the context of human rights and offers recommendations to improve maternal health care in the United States. The report is based on research carried out during 2008 and 2009 by Amnesty International USA. In particular, the report focuses on maternal deaths and complications from pregnancy-related causes. The report provides recommendations and discusses maternal health and human rights, discrimination and maternal health, barriers to maternal health care services, systemic failures, and accountability.

Contact: Amnesty International Secretariat, Peter Benenson House, 1 Easton Street, London, UK WC1X ODW, Telephone: 44(0)20-7413-5500 Fax: 44(0)20-7956-1157 Web Site: Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 978-0-86210-458-0.

Keywords: Childbirth, Costs, Ethnic factors, Health care systems, Human rights, Income factors, Maternal morbidity, Maternal mortality, Pregnancy, Racial factors, Reproductive health, Women's health

Kay JF, Jackson A. 2008. Sex, lies and stereotypes: How abstinence-only programs harm women and girls. New York, NY: Legal Momentum, 62 pp.

Annotation: This report explores issues from a roundtable meeting of experts from a range of disciplines to discuss abstinence-only programs and their particular impact on women and girls. In addition, broader academic research and original research contributed to the report. Topics include reviews of abstinence-only funding and history; domestic abstinence-only programs in practice; specific harm to women and girls, such as reinforcing stereotypes, increasing health risks, and violating human rights; how exporting the abstinence-only agenda fails women and girls internationally; and issues in looking ahead.

Contact: Legal Momentum, 395 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Telephone: (212) 925-6635 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Abstinence, Federal initiatives, Female children, Reproductive health, Sexual behavior, Sexual health, Sexuality education, Women's health, Women's rights

National Women's Law Center. 2008. A platform for progress: Building a better future for women and their families. Washington, DC: National Women's Law Center, 25 pp.

Annotation: This paper describes the organization's desired policy reforms regarding issues of pay equality and discrimination of women in the workplace, women's access to high quality child care, the retirement and tax system role in creating economic security for women and their families, accessible, comprehensive care for women, equal opportunity for education, and the equality of rights for women at all levels.

Contact: National Women's Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 588-5180 Fax: (202) 588-5185 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Legal issues, Proposed legislation, Public policy, Reform, Women's rights, Women's studies

Center for Reproductive Rights. 2008. Bringing rights to bear: Preventing maternal mortality and ensuring safe pregnancy—Government duties to ensure pregnant women's survival and health. [New York, NY]: Center for Reproductive Rights, 35 pp. (Briefing paper)

Annotation: This paper examines standards developed by six United Nations committees concerning a woman's right to a safe pregnancy and childbirth, and summarizes the actions of the committees regarding these standards.

Contact: Center for Reproductive Rights , 120 Wall Street , New York, NY 10005, Telephone: (917) 637-3600 Fax: (917) 637-3666 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Childbirth, Children's rights, International organizations, International programs, Pregnancy, Reproductive health, Reproductive rights, Women's rights

Boonstra HD, Gold RB, Richards CL, Finer LB. 2006. Abortion in women's lives. New York, NY: Alan Guttmacher Institute , 44 pp.

Annotation: This report outlines the history of reproductive choice in the United States and the role abortion plays in women's lives. Topics include contraception, unintended pregnancy, abortion before legalization, a history of legalized abortion, the long-term safety of abortion, lingering disparities in access to and utilization of abortion services, and recommendations for policies and programs. Additional information and examples are provided from international sources. Appendices include an overview of state policies on abortion and state abortion data. References are provided and statistical data are provided throughout the report.

Contact: Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, Telephone: (212) 248-1111 Secondary Telephone: (800) 355-0244 Fax: (212) 248-1951; Washington, D.C. Office (202) 223-5756 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Contraception, Contraceptive use, Family planning, National survey, Policy analysis, Pregnant women, Public policy, Reproductive rights, State surveys, Unplanned pregnancy, Unwanted pregnancy, Women's health

Arons J. 2006. More than a choice: A progressive vision for reproductive health and rights. Washington, DC: Center for American Progress, 35 pp., exec. summ. (3 pp.).

Annotation: This report aims to articulate a full range of policies necessary to ensure reproductive freedom and health care, delineate the values associated with support for such policies, and discuss the benefits of a proposed agenda. The report also sets forth a proposed role for government in enabling individuals to make decisions about sexuality, reproduction, and family. The report, which includes an executive summary, discusses the four cornerstones of a progressive reproductive health and rights agenda, progressive values and principles for reproductive health and rights, and the benefits of a comprehensive reproductive health and rights agenda. Endnotes are included.

Contact: Center for American Progress, 1333 H Street, N.W., 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (202) 682-1611 Fax: (202) 682-1867 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Family, Health care, Human rights, Moral values, Public policy, Reproductive health, Reproductive rights, Sexuality, Women's rights

Childbirth Connection. 2006. The rights of childbearing women. New York, NY: Childbirth Connection, 4 pp.

Annotation: This pamphlet lists 20 rights of childbearing women, and briefly describes each. The rights span a range of topics, including access to and choices about health care, the birth setting, information, privacy, access to records, support, freedom of movement during labor, contact with the newborn, and breastfeeding. The pamphlet also provides a list of problems with maternity care in the United States.

Contact: National Partnership for Women and Families, Childbirth Connection Programs, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20009, E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Breastfeeding, Childbirth, Family support, Health care, Human rights, Information, Medical records, Pregnant women, Social support, Women's rights

Sterk HM, Hay CH, Kehoe AB, Ratcliffe K, VandeVusse LG. 2002. Who's having this baby?: Perspectives on birthing. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 177 pp.

Annotation: This book is a collection of articles based on the premise that significant policy changes are needed in the way birthing is typically conducted in America, having women, rather than medical institutions, control the birth experience. The authors present the case for these changes in the first five chapters, which are (1) childbirth in America: a historical perspective; (2) bearing witness to birth: a literary perspective; (3) communication, care, and control: a communication perspective; (4) birthing on the reservation: an anthropological perspective; and (5) control versus reciprocity: a nurse-midwife perspective. The conclusion of the book focuses on recommendations for changing the birth experience to accommodate the mother's wishes.

Contact: Michigan State University Press, Manley Miles Building, 1405 South Harrison Road, Suite 25, East Lansing, MI 48823, Telephone: (517) 355-9543 Secondary Telephone: (800) 678-2120 Fax: (517) 432-2611 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN .

Keywords: Childbirth, Health care delivery, Social change, Women's health services, Women's rights

Delgado J. 2002. Salud: A Latina's guide to total health. (Rev. ed.). Washington, DC: National Alliance for Hispanic Health, 396 pp.

Annotation: This book, a health guide for Latinas, addresses issue such as tradition vs. convention, fertility, sexuality, pregnancy, alcoholism, cancer, depression, diabetes, healthy eating, and body image. It is divided into four sections focusing on (1) being a Latina; (2) being female; (3) diseases; and (4) living well. Each chapter concludes a summary and resources section of organizations and publications, Appendices include Latinas who influenced this book; samples of a health journal, visit summary, and chart of basal body temperature; resources on advocacy; and a listing of national health information clearinghouses. An index is provided. The book is published in English and Spanish.

Contact: HarperCollins, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022, Telephone: (212) 207-7000 Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-06-051196-6.

Keywords: Cancer, Consumer education materials, Cultural beliefs, Hispanic Americans, Mental health, Patient rights, Reproductive health, Self esteem, Sexuality, Spanish language materials, Women's health promotion

Gay K. 2001. Encyclopedia of women's health issues. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 304 pp.

Annotation: This encyclopedia for consumers defines health terms and explains the health problems and issues surrounding them. Relevant laws and court cases important to women's health issues are described. Programs and events targeted specifically at women's health needs and programs for the specific health needs of ethnic and racial minority women are included. Profiles of notable women's activists in health issues are included. The book also includes relevant organizations, selected Web sites, and reference materials for further information. The book concludes with an index.

Keywords: Economic factors, Encyclopedias, Family planning, Pregnancy, Reproductive health, Reproductive rights, Social factors, Women's health, Women's rights, Working women

Richard AO. 2000. International trafficking in women in the United States: A contemporary manifestation of slavery and organized crime. Washington, DC: Center for the Study of Intelligence, 80 pp. (DCI Exceptional Intelligence Analyst Program: An intelligence monograph)

Annotation: This report discusses the trafficking of women for the sex industry or for labor in the United States. It includes information on the methods used to bring women to the United States, who the traffickers are, the ways women are criminally exploited, what industries are related to trafficking, and the issues and challenges associated with combating trafficking. The appendix discusses some recent major cases.

Contact: Center for the Study of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20505, Telephone: (703) 482-0623 Fax: (703) 482-1739 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Crime, Undocumented immigrants, Victims, Women, Women's rights

Teaching Tolerance. 2000. A place at the table: Struggles for equality in America. Montgomery, AL: Teaching Tolerance, 1 video (40 minutes, VHS 31/2 inch), 1 teaching guide (28 pp.), 1 book (144 pp.).

Annotation: This package, recommended for grades 8 and above, includes a documentary film exploring the historical struggle for equality through the eyes of today's young people, as well as an illustrated text and a teacher's guide. Eight adolescents tell stories about their own struggle as well as their ancestors' struggle with racial and sexual orientation-related discrimination. Topics include religious freedom; slavery, segregation, the Fugitive Slave Law; Native American's right to their ancestral home; immigrant laborers' struggles to obtain a fair days wage for a fair days work; suffrage; gender inequity in school sports; unjust laws aimed at immigrants of Japanese ancestry; and disability rights. The text concludes with suggestions for additional reading. The teacher's guide includes 13 detailed lesson plans to be used in conjunction with the text and the video.

Contact: Teaching Tolerance, c/o Southern Poverty Law Center , 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104, Telephone: (334) 956-8200 Fax: (334) 956-8488 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: Audiovisual materials, Cultural factors, Discrimination, Educational materials, Equal opportunities, Ethnic factors, History, Homosexuality, Racial factors, Tolerance, Videotapes, Women's rights

Benderly BL. 1997. In her own right: The Institute of Medicine's guide to women's health issues. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 230 pp.

Annotation: This book is a guide to help women find their way through the numerous, often conflicting, reports of discoveries and breakthroughs, sort through information, ask the right questions, and obtain answers that can help them make important health decisions. The topics discussed are gender differences in health, roots of differences in health in the first two decades of life, health through the reproductive years, health at menopause and beyond, eating for a healthy life, women in the health care system, research on women, women in research, and looking ahead.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Contact Phone: (800) 624-6242 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-309-05327-7.

Keywords: Menopause, Nutrition, Research, Women, Women's health, Women's health services, Women's rights

Schmittroth L, ed. 1995. Statistical record of women worldwide. (2nd ed.). Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1047 pp.

Annotation: This statistical summary presents data that reflect the condition of women, their lives, and their opportunities throughout the world. The preface describes the intent, methodology, and organization of the volume, and provides information on its use. It includes published and non-published data from governmental and non-governmental sources. The individual tables provide source information; a complete list of sources consulted is also included, and detailed indexes are provided. The range of topics covered are: attitudes and opinions; business and economics; crime, law enforcement, and legal justice; domestic life; education; health and medical care; income, spending, and wealth; labor, employment, and occupations; the military; population and vital statistics; public life; religion; sexuality; and sports and recreation.

Contact: Cengage Learning, P.O. Box 6904, Florence, KY 41022-6904, Telephone: (800) 354-9706 Fax: (800) 487-8488 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-8103-8872-3.

Keywords: Attitudes, Business, Careers, Costs, Crime, Criminal justice system, Data, Demographics, Economic factors, Education, Employment, Family economics, Family income, Family life, Government, Health, Health services, International data, Labor, Law enforcement, Military, Political systems, Religion, Sex role, Sexuality, Sports, Vital statistics, Women, Women's rights

United Nations. The world's women. New York, NY: United Nations,

Contact: United Nations Publications, Two United Nations Plaza, Room DC2-853, New York, NY 10017, Telephone: (800) 253-9646 Secondary Telephone: (212) 963-8302 Fax: (212) 963-3489 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Academic achievement, Age groups, Asian language materials, Data, Demography, Domestic violence, Economic factors, Education, Environmental health, Family characteristics, Family relations, Fertility, Housing, International data, Leadership, Non English language materials, Political systems, Risk factors, Sex role, Spanish language materials, Women, Women's health, Women's rights, Work force


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.