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Babies born via C-section may be at risk for health problems, researchers say - San Francisco Globe

In the last 50 years, the number of cesarean births have multiplied by seven, according to Childbirth Connection. In 1965 the C-section birth rate was 4.5 percent. In 2014, 32.2 percent of births were C-sections, making it one of the most common procedures in American operating rooms, according to Childbirth Connection.

News Coverage | February 7, 2016 | Maternity

23 Years: Celebrating FMLA (and pushing for The FAMILY Act) - Working Mother

That's why the National Partnership for Women & Families, the advocacy organization that authored the original FMLA law, as well as other groups, has continually worked to improve and expand it.

News Coverage | February 5, 2016 | Work and Family

EEOC Seeks to Require Summary Pay Data From Employers - Bloomberg BNA

The National Partnership for Women and Families in Washington hailed the EEOC's action as “very welcome” news. With the new data, the EEOC and the DOL “will be much better able to identify and stop wage discrimination of all kinds,” Debra Ness, the partnership's president, said in a Jan. 29 statement.“This is a bold, important step that will capture salary data from employers that collectively employ more than 63 million workers,” Ness said, adding that there's “no time to waste” in combating the pay gap.

News Coverage | February 2, 2016 | Workplace Fairness

 The Work-Life Balance Goes to Court - The Nation

 “The top reason why people don’t use the FMLA when they need it is because they can’t afford an unpaid leave,” says Vicki Shabo, vice president of National Partnership for Women and Families. Meanwhile, workers have even more limited access to the unicorn of work-family accommodations, paid family leave. According to National Partnership, “Only 13 percent of workers in the United States have access to paid family leave through their employers.”

News Coverage | January 25, 2016 | Work and Family

Maternal Health Advocates Urge Insurers To Cover Costs Of Birth Doulas - Illinois Public Media

Other benefits include a 9 percent reduction in the use of any pain medications, a 31 percent reduction in the use of synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor, and a 34 percent reduction in reporting a negative birth experience, according to Carol Sakala from the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | January 21, 2016 | Maternity

Hilton offers paid parental leave to all employees, including hourly workers - Washington Post

“We’ve seen incredible momentum on the issue of paid leave,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, a District-based nonprofit. “Private sector companies are adopting new policies, and although two weeks falls way short of what working parents need, it’s a great start.”

News Coverage | January 13, 2016 | Work and Family

When a Big Baby Isn’t So Big - New York Times

The study, called Listening to Mothers III, was based on Childbirth Connection’s nationally representative survey of some 1,960 new mothers. It found that four out of five of the mothers who were warned they might have large babies gave birth to infants who were not large, and weighed less than 8 pounds 13 ounces.

News Coverage | January 11, 2016 | Maternity

HIPAA Changes to Help Patient Access to Health Information - EHR Intelligence

“The guidance released yesterday is an important step forward in helping patients exercise their right to access their health information under HIPAA, including electronically. Our cadre of volunteer ‘tracer’ patients has found that, unfortunately, confusion surrounding HIPAA persists and often means that patients don’t get the kind of access to their health care information they need,” said the campaign’s coordinator Christine Bechtel.

News Coverage | January 8, 2016 | Health Information Technology (IT)

For domestic violence victims, paid sick time can be lifeline - Detroit Free Press

More than 43 million Americans don't have paid sick time, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families.

News Coverage | January 4, 2016 | Work and Family

Paid Family Leave Gains Ground For Private, Public Sector Workers - NPR

This NPR interview features National Partnership Vice President Vicki Shabo.

News Coverage | December 28, 2015 | Work and Family

We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby: The 14 Companies Making Strides In Parental Leave - The Bump

Individual families sharing their stories is the most important part of all of this—more important, even, than these companies’ policies. It’s these stories that are going to make a difference. You can start by sharing your story here with the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit fighting to make paid family and medical leave available for all working families.

News Coverage | December 22, 2015 | Work and Family

How to Tell Your Boss That You're Pregnant - U.S. News & World Report

In fact, employees have no legal requirement to tell their boss that they're pregnant at all – although their changing bodies might eventually betray the news, says Sarah Fleisch Fink, senior policy counsel for workplace programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit, nonpartisan activist group.

News Coverage | December 21, 2015 | Work and Family

4 Things You Won't Believe Women Couldn't Do In 1990 - Bustle

According to a 2008 survey by the National Partnership for Women & Families, only 16 percent do — which just goes to show we've got a lot of work to do.

News Coverage | December 15, 2015 | Work and Family

C-Sections Are Best With a Little Labor, a Study Says - New York Times

“When you don’t wait for labor to begin on its own, you cut short all kinds of physiological changes and preparations for birth that are taking place toward the end of pregnancy,” said Carol Sakala, the director of the nonprofit Childbirth Connection programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. “What is the effect of cutting off those processes so casually on such a large scale?”

News Coverage | December 14, 2015 | Maternity

New Resesarch Proves the Hidden Inequality Within the Gender Wage Gap - Fast Company

In new analysis conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families, the 77¢ to the dollar figure is a median for all women collectively. "Pay inequities and wage discrimination perpetuate poverty, and women of color suffer the most," said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership. "In the very states in which most African-American women and Latinas work, the loss of critical income makes it much harder for them and their families to get ahead or even stay afloat."

News Coverage | December 7, 2015 | Workplace Fairness

Top 6 Trending Payment Models Demanding New Long-Term Focus - RevCycle Intelligence

“This kind of innovation is a positive and promising step toward a health care system that rewards value instead of volume and treats patients and families as partners in health care decision-making,” stated Debra L. Ness, President of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

News Coverage | December 2, 2015 | Health Information Technology (IT)

Study Suggests 19 Percent Could Be Benchmark C-Section Rate - WBUR

“We could shift this number downward,” said Carol Sakala, director of childbirth connection programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families, by helping women get “fit and ready for the challenges of labor, using a doula, being upright and moving around during labor and periodic listening to the baby’s heart patterns as opposed to continuous electronic fetal monitoring.”

News Coverage | December 1, 2015 | Maternity

Getting copies of medical records costly for Ohioans - Columbus Dispatch

Kentucky has the right approach, said Christine Bechtel, a coordinator with the national campaign Get My Health Data, which is working to increase consumer demand for their own medical records. “It’s such an outdated view that patients should be charged for health data that is so essential to their care,” Bechtel said. “We have to shift the mentality around patient health information” so it’s no longer looked at as competitive information or a line item.

News Coverage | November 29, 2015 | Health Information Technology (IT)

The Politics of Paid Time Off to Have a Baby - The New York Times

The F.M.L.A. was introduced in Congress, in some version, regularly between 1984 and 1993, according to an advocacy group that worked closely on the bill, only to be felled by two vetoes by President George H.

News Coverage | November 23, 2015 | Work and Family

Three Ways to Tell If Your Company Supports Women of Color - Fast Company

According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, black and Hispanic women are paid 60¢ and 55¢, respectively, for every dollar paid to a white (non-Hispanic) man.

News Coverage | November 17, 2015 | Workplace Fairness

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