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.
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.
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.
“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?”
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."
“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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
Therefore, hospitals must work even harder today to be prepared for every patient who walks through the door, says Mark Savage, director of health IT policy and programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group
“I think it’s very commendable that he’s talking about and recognizing that he needs to spend time with his children,” said Vicki Shabo, vice president of the National Partnership for Women and Families. “Maybe that’s a welcome step towards having a broad national conversation that we need about the policies that all working families need.”
Opinion writer Catherine Rampell discusses the implications of the Politics in the Exam Room: A Growing Threat report.
“It’s an unprecedented coalition, and I think that really speaks to the depth and breadth of this growing problem we’re seeing,” said Sarah Lipton-Lubet, the director of reproductive health programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, the organization that spearheaded the new report. “We thought it was really important to come together and expose what was happening here.”
According to the report, written jointly by the National Partnership for Women & Families, National Physicians Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, more than 15 million Americans live within a mile of a fracking well that was recently drilled.
“This past year, in part because of heightened momentum and the emphasis that Obama has put on paid leave, we’ve seen 17 states propose legislation based on this issue,” says Vicki Shabo, vice president at the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Planned Parenthood supporters voiced outrage over the hearings, calling them “callous” and “mean-spirited.” Said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, in a statement.
Since FMLA’s inception in 1993, American men and women have used it more than 200 million times, the National Partnership for Women & Families estimates.
“Today, extremists pushed an unconstitutional national 20-week abortion ban, and tomorrow they threaten to continue holding the federal budget hostage to their dangerous agenda,” said Debra L. Ness, President, National Partnership for Women & Families, via statement. “It’s past time politicians exit the exam room. Women in this country need and deserve access to comprehensive reproductive health services, including abortion care.”
The Consumer Partnership for eHealth, led by the National Partnership for Women & Families, has pushed for minimum standards in electronic health records to ensure they collect enough information on patient ethnicity and other factors to inform care. It’s also demanded that records be made available to patients in multilingual formats that explain jargon in layman’s terms, said Mark Savage, the director of health information technology policy and programs.
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