A New Treatment for Postpartum Depression: Boon or Bane?

By Sophie Krensky and Olivia Shannon Last November, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of brexanolone, a first-of-its-kind treatment for postpartum depression (PPD).[1] [2] We question whether brexanolone will help mothers or if it’s a misdirected silver bullet for a larger, more insidious problem: lack of … Continued

Young Feminist — Dating Apps: Finger Swipes as a Silent Act of Feminism

By Caila Brander At face value, dating apps can look a bit silly. Swipe, swipe, click, swipe — in a few minutes, you can make hundreds of snap judgments about other single people based on a few photos and brief bio. Dating apps put matchmaking into the palms of our hands, delivering potential partners as … Continued

Who Cares? How Doulas Engage in Radical Acts of Kindness

By Mary Mahoney, LCSW and Lauren Mitchell, M.S. At a workshop last fall on “creating a more inclusive organization,” the facilitator passed around a sheet of paper with 30 key values listed on it. “Please circle the five values that you think are most important to the health and well-being of your organization,” he told … Continued

Stay Awake!

By Cynthia Pearson “Now I’m awake to the world. I was asleep before. That’s how we let it happen.” Offred, in the Handmaid’s Tale, published 1985, Hulu television series 2017 The election of Donald Trump and Mike Pence happened. We didn’t stop it; 42 percent of people didn’t vote and the majority of White women … Continued

Young Feminists: Nobody Said It Would Be Easy

The accident happened somewhere between the sweet potato hash I made for dinner and the last song on my Richard Stewart vinyl. It was three months since I decided to take a break from a 12-year stint on the Pill, and I was trying to navigate my new relationship and new diaphragm. I know what … Continued

Will Your Wishes Be Respected on Your Deathbed?

Have you ever thought about what kind of medical care you would want if you were to become too ill to express your wishes? If you have, good for you. If not, now is the time to start that process. Death is inevitable, but having your wishes respected at the end of your life isn’t … Continued

What Can the Women’s Health Initiative Tell Us About How to Age Healthfully? Low Fat Diet, Hormone Therapy & Calcium: Which One Works, and for What? (Part II)

This multi-part series explores the background behind the establishment of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) and the major findings for women’s health on the benefits of various interventions. Part I addresses the WHI’s background and describes findings on low fat diets. This section looks at what we’ve learned from the WHI about menopause hormone therapy … Continued