Gynecologists in New York City and Washington D.C. have been taking the lead in the effort to expand access to contraception and other services for women, with several hospitals, including Bellevue Hospital in Washington, D.L., and Columbia University Medical Center in New Haven, Conn., providing services in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than a dozen other gynecological and reproductive health providers have also stepped up to offer care.
New York-based gynecologic doctor, Dr. Susanne Raffel, has been leading efforts at Bellevue to provide birth control for women with a gynecology referral from other hospitals.
The clinic, which offers contraception and hormone treatment, has also partnered with the National Women’s Health Network to expand services.
In addition, the hospital has opened a new health center for women to receive care for pre-eclampsia, a condition where a pregnancy can be born prematurely and potentially lead to severe pain and bleeding.
In an interview, Dr Raffen said that as a physician, she sees women’s needs differently.
She sees the women as people, and they need to understand that they are part of our community, and that they have rights.
“So when I see women, especially women who are women of color, I see them as people,” she said.
“They don’t have the rights and privileges of people who have not had to face this.
And I think that’s the challenge that we have to confront.
So, when I do have the time, I go into their rooms, and I’m like, ‘You’re so beautiful.
How are you doing today?’
And they have a very similar experience.”
The hospital also offers a program called the Maternity and Child Health Network, or MCGH, which provides referrals to reproductive health services.
MCGH has been providing care to women for almost a decade, said Dr. Jefri Kravitz, M.D., the hospital’s director of obstetrics and gyneciatrics.
MCGH is a collaboration of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and is the largest provider of birth control in the United States.
Its programs provide contraception to women ages 20 to 50, and to women of all ages who need a referral to other providers.
Dr. Kravitos said that women’s access to reproductive healthcare services in the country is one of the most pressing health needs in the world today.
“The fact that we are able to offer these services to the population at large is an important part of this,” he said.
Many women’s groups have been critical of the CDC’s plans, saying that the plans would undermine efforts to improve access to birth control and contraception for women.
“Birth control is one way in which we have taken care of women’s reproductive health, which is really important,” said Dr Marlene Whelan, a gynecomastia specialist at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
“But when you take away the ability to make informed choices about whether or not you want to be a mom, that’s a very real threat to women’s right to reproductive freedom and autonomy.”
According to a new report from the National Partnership for Women and Families, there are more than 7 million unintended pregnancies in the U.S., of which half of women will become pregnant during their lifetime.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 4 unintended pregnancies occurs in women under age 18.
According the report, women under the age of 25 are at the greatest risk of becoming pregnant, while women over 50 have a higher risk of unintended pregnancy.
The report found that the highest rate of unintended pregnancies among women ages 15 to 44 is among white women, and among women over age 50 is among black women.
It also found that women in urban and rural areas are at greater risk of being pregnant.
The National Partnership report also found the lack of availability of birth-control access and other reproductive health care services among black and Hispanic women has contributed to the rising rates of STDs and drug use.
“Access to health care for women of Color, particularly those living in low-income communities, has never been more important to the health and well-being of the Black community,” Dr. Whelans said.
The reports findings come at a time when the number of women using birth control is at an all-time high.
According a study released in September by the CDC and Planned Parenthood, the number used by women in the first trimester of pregnancy doubled from 2008 to 2012.
In that time, the total number of contraceptive prescriptions increased by nearly 50 percent.
Planned Parenthood reports that more than one in five women who used contraception during the past year have used it more than once.
Planned Parenthood also noted that in 2011, women of colour used contraceptive methods at rates nearly three times higher than their white counterparts.
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