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September 27,2013

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"Texas Birth Centers Face Increased Scrutiny From Lawmakers, Bureaucrats," Andrea Grimes, RH Reality Check: "Birthing centers in Texas must begin reporting data on their clients and practices to the state's health agency this month," Grimes writes. Advocates for birthing centers note that the centers are "considerably more affordable than hospitals for low risk-pregnancies" and have low intervention rates, she explains. Midwives and birthing center employees say they are "happy to report their data," which will include "information on birth centers' stillborn and live births, breech deliveries, and pregnancy complications resulting in hospital transfers, among other criteria," according to Grimes. However, there is concern that the data "could be 'taken out of context' by hospital industry stakeholders who want to steer pregnant people into hospital beds and away from birthing centers," she writes, adding that it could be difficult for some smaller centers to comply with reporting requirements (Grimes, RH Reality Check, 9/25).

"NYC Shows the Way on Pregnant Workers' Rights," Dina Bakst, Huffington Post blogs: In passing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, New York City has "given an important boost to the rights of pregnant workers," writes Bakst, co-founder and co-president of A Better Balance. She explains that the new law "will ensure that women across the five boroughs do not have to fear losing their jobs because they need simple modifications to their routine to safeguard their own and their babies' health." Bakst suggests that the law could help improve New York's "dismal" ranking for women's poverty, as well as provide employers with "consistency and clarity in the labor laws so they are not at risk from costly litigation" (Bakst, Huffington Post blogs, 9/25).

What others are saying about pregnancy:

~ "Pregnant Workers in NYC Gain Important Workplace Protection," Amy Tannenbaum, National Women's Law Center's "Womenstake."

~ "A Powerful Union: OB-GYNs and Chemical Policy Reform," Sara Alcid, Huffington Post blogs.

~ "What We Don't Know Will Hurt Us: The Need for Chemical Policy Reform," Jessica Arons, RH Reality Check.