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Located at the bottom of the page are Helen I. Marieskind's articles. Thank you and enjoy!

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A New View of a WOMAN’S BODY, A Fully Illustrated Guide by the Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers. 1982

Originally written in 1982. Updated in 1991. Presents clear, detailed descriptions of vaginal and breast self examination, the complete anatomy of the clitoris, common infections, lab tests, fertility detection, donor insemination, birth control, menstrual extraction, abortion care, surgical procedures and home remedies. Beautiful illustrations by Suzann Gage

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THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN, New Line Home Video 2007

A must-see for any woman who is deciding what kind of care she wants to receive when she gives birth.  Caution: Although this film brilliantly exposes the shortcomings of hospital births, it may not prepare you for the dangers in choosing a home birth attendant.  If the home birth attendant is working for a doctor under protocols that “risk out” women for ambiguous diagnostic test results, some women find themselves sent, at the last minute, to an obstetrician-gynecologist that they hardly know, and shunted into the hospital system without having any preparation for it.  Certified nurse-midwives and doulas are legally subordinate to the doctors they work with and cannot protect the woman from being mistakenly  “risked out”, or subjected to unnecessary and excessive intervention.

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Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975, by Barbara J. Love

Although the second wave women’s movement was the largest social movement in U.S. history, it remains the movement least studied - and the movement about which most false impressions remain.  This compilation will become an invaluable resource for those interested in learning about the movement and correcting some of those false impressions.  A truly impressive accomplishment.

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HOW TO STAY OUT OF THE GYNECOLOGIST’S OFFICE by The Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers

A guide to understanding the wide range of normal and common conditions, along with self-help remedies for things like yeast overgrowth which often follows treatment of antibiotics.

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MENOPAUSE MYTHS & FACTS WHAT EVERY WOMEN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY BY Lorraine Rothman, MS, with Marcia Wexler, PhD,

De-MYTH-ing the medical mystique of menopause and hormone replacement therapy! Our bodies make sufficient estrogen from the time we are embryos till the day we die.  Hormone replacement therapy is not a hormone (it’s synthetic), it’s not replacing anything (we have sufficient estrogen).  Hormone replacement therapy cannot prevent heart disease or osteoporosis.  The vast majority of women pass through menopause uneventfully.

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NATURAL LIBERTY, Rediscovering Self-Induced Abortion Methods, by Sagefemme Collective, 2008

I have read it thoroughly (except for the part on herbal abortifacients, about which I am not knowledgeable). I am excited about this book, because it brings together information that we women need to have about how to have an abortion outside the medical profession’s control.

I have spoken to one of the authors and I am impressed with their responsibility. I know that at least some of the collective have experience in doing menstrual extraction in a self-help group. The book is written in a careful and comprehensive manner.

I would like to hear your comments, especially about the herbal information. And please forward this information to anyone you think might be interested.

From Sage Femme Collective: After the Stupak-Pitts amendment, our collective took a vote, and decided to license our book Natural Liberty via a Creative Commons license for free download on the web. We want to make sure that all women have access to the information within our book.
View the Natural Liberty book on-line

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OUR BODIES, OURSELVES The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, 2005

Our Bodies, Ourselves (OBOS) brings women’s knowledge to other women in a straight-forward and supportive way and advances a feminist analysis of women’s health issues.  OBOS began in 1970 as a small newsprint pamphlet which was so popular it was expanded into a full-fledged book in 1973.  This became a best-seller; 35 years later, it’s known world-wide, has been translated or adapted into 18 languages, and was recently published in its 8th edition.  OBOS is seen by many as an icon—women who have them still treasure the earliest pamphlet version of the material.  It was written by a group of 15 women functioning as a collective; this collective has continued its work for 35 years, during which time over 100 women have been part of the process as staff and board members.  Many individuals collective members were nominated so, to all of the women involved with OBOS over the last 35 years, thank you for making the world a different, and better place.

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The Clitoral Truth The Secret World at Your Fingertips by Rebecca Chalker

With over 6,000 nerve fibers concentrated into a radius the size of a fingertip, the clitoris is the one body part whose sole purpose is pleasure. Despite this fact, the clitoris has been dismissed, undervalued, unexplored, and misunderstood for hundreds of years. This book explores, in detail, women's genital anatomy and sexual response.

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A WOMAN’S BOOK OF CHOICES Abortion, Menstrual Extraction, RU-486 by Rebecca Chalker and Carol Downer

A Woman’s Book of Choices chronicles the history of Menstrual Extraction (ME), the currently accepted standard of ME practice, and its legal ramifications, and offers accounts of actual ME procedures.  It also describes the who range of other abortion alternatives, from state-of-the-art clinical abortions to folk remedies, for women who may be considering terminating a pregnancy.  In addition, there is a comprehensive chapter that is directed to medical personnel who may be providing abortion care, and a chapter on the French-developed abortion pill, RU-486

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Woman Centered Pregnancy and Birth by Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers, Francie Hornstein, Ginny Cassidy-Brinn

A key to understanding pregnancy from an empowered feminist perspective. Gives women the information they need to competently evaluate their options in childbirth. Contains indexes of pregnancy and childbirth resources nationwide. Currently out of print. Available Online

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In Our Control - The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women by Laura Eldridge (2010)

"Wow! I couldn't put it [In Our Control] down. Reading Laura Eldridge's history about contraception blew my mind. We cannot allow pharmaceutical companies to endager women's lives! This book is about to regalvanize the women's health revolution!"-Betty Dodson, author.

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SWEETENING THE PILL OR HOW WE GOT HOOKED ON HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL
by Holly Grigg-Spall

We discovered in the ‘70s that the personal is political. Holly Grigg-Spall starts with her and other women’s personal experiences with the Pill, then thoughtfully and thoroughly considers it scientifically, medically and philosophically to discover the political truth of the Pill. She shares strategies for finding new ways to control our fertility while regaining control of our destiny. Grigg-Spall’s careful study on the Pill’s effect on women’s health is long, long overdue. We are so busy fighting to keep hormonal birth control available that we don’t want to question what it is doing to our health and our lives. After reading this book, we can never see the Pill in the same way again.

 

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Cut, Stapled, & Mended – When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean by Roanna Rosewood

Roanna Rosewood is the author of Cut, Stapled, & Mended – When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean. An excellent read for any women whether pregnant or not; or whether she ever intends to have a baby. Very good facts and well written.

 

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Woman Centered Pregnancy and Birth by Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers, Francie Hornstein, Ginny Cassidy-Brinn A key to understanding pregnancy from an empowered feminist perspective. Gives women the information they need to competently evaluate their options in childbirth. Contains indexes of pregnancy and childbirth resources nationwide. Currently out of print. Try half.com or other used book stores to find this valuable book. Order Here

Gynecological Services and the Women’s Health Movement (Helen I. Marieskind); Presented at American Public Health Association, 103rd Annual Meeting, November 16-20, 1975

“Helen Marieskind studied three models of health care for women: traditional, paramedical and self-help.  She found that after

 

Gynecological Services and the Women’s Health Movement (Helen I. Marieskind); Presented at American Public Health Association, 103rd Annual Meeting, November 16-20, 1975

“Helen Marieskind studied three models of health care for women: traditional, paramedical and self-help.  She found that after receiving services in the self-help model, women understood their own reproductive anatomy better; she recommends that birth be returned to midwives and the specialization of obstretrics and gynecology be discontinued.” 15 pp., Bibliography

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WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE: A SOCIETAL PROBLEM (Helen I. Marieskind, Dr.P.H.): PRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, NEW YORK AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 1976

“Marieskind argues that disbanding the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology would change the structure and underlying conceptual framework of women’s health care delivery necessary to not perpetuate the historic and contemporary sociomedical model of women as reproductive organs.  15 pp., Bibliography and Appendix.

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