NAPW Conference

Laura Pemberton's talk from NAPW's 2007 Summit now available online

July 06, 2009

Please view Ms. Pemberton's powerful talk about her desire to attempt a vaginal birth after a cesarean and the hospital court order which forced her to have cesarean surgery against her will.

Missed the Summit? Order CDs and DVDs!

March 28, 2007

If you missed any part of the groundbreaking,
cutting-edge National Summit to Ensure the Health and Humanity of
Pregnant and Birthing Women, fear not! We have audio-recorded the
entire summit and video-recorded selected sessions that you may order
individually or as an entire package. Click here to view the ordering

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Read the Latest Summit Program

January 15, 2007

Read the latest program and find out about our celebration of pregnant and birthing women
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National Summit to Ensure the Health and Humanity of Pregnant and Birthing Women

November 09, 2006

Dear Friends and Allies:

National Advocates for Pregnant Women and more than 50 co-sponsors invite you to attend the National Summit to Ensure the Health and Humanity of Pregnant and Birthing Women, Thursday, January 18– Sunday, January 21, 2007 at the Hilton Airport Atlanta, Atlanta, GA.

While politics and media like to divide the world into neat bundles of opposites—pro-abortion vs. pro-life, pro-choice vs. anti-choice—the reality of women’s lives often do not fit these simplistic and divisive labels. We can disagree on many things, but we believe it is time to recognize common threats and celebrate common threads that will ensure the humanity, dignity and well-being of pregnant and birthing women and their families.

Register Today for this Groundbreaking Event:

Reserve your hotel room at the special, discounted rate - based on availability - now through December 15, 2006:

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October 01, 2006

A beautiful, downloadable flyer announcing the National Summit to Ensure the Health and Humanity of Pregnant and Birthing Women, Thursday, January 18– Sunday, January 21, 2007 at the Hilton Airport Atlanta, Atlanta GA, providing registration information and listing just some of the many amazing co-sponsors is now available!! Please forward it to your e-mail lists, please download it and distribute to all of your networks!

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National Summit to Ensure the Health and Humanity of Pregnant Women Co-Sponsors

August 14, 2006

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Our Bodies Ourselves
International Center for Traditional Childbearing
Citizens For Midwifery, Inc.
Mothers United For Midwifery
Realbirth Education Center
SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
Gynuity Health Projects
Vanderbilt University Women’s & Gender Studies Program
Justice Now
Feminist Women’s Health Center-Cedar River Clinics-WA State
Abortion Access Project, Inc.
Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program and Population & Development Program, Hampshire College
Reproductive Health Technologies Project
Catholics for a Free Choice
Choice USA
Harm Reduction Coalition
Brooklyn Childcare Collective
Ipas, USA
Pro-Choice Public Education Project
Center For Reproductive Rights
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Real Cost of Prisons Project
Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents
National Organization for Women, Inc.
The Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation
American Civil Liberties Union
The Rebecca Project for Human Rights
Causes in Common, a National organzing project of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
Breaking the Chains: Communities of Color and the War on Drugs
HIV Law Project, Inc.
Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice & Healing
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Mother's First Initiative
Feminist Women's Health Center
National Women's Health Network
Salud Promujer, School of Medicine University of Puerto Rico
The MergerWatch Project
Conextions Inc.
Harm Reduction Project
National Network of Abortion Funds
Law Students for Choice
NARAL Pro-Choice New York
The Institute for Reproductive Health Access
NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia
Democracy in Action
Reproductive Health Access Project
American College of Nurse-Midwives
Committee on Women Population and the Environment
Generation Five
Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH)
National Lawyers Guild
Idaho Women's Network
Midwives Alliance of North America
Planned Parenthood of Georgia
Drug Policy Alliance
Third Wave Foundation
Council on Anthropology & Reproduction
Individual Co-Sponsors:
Steve Cochran
Barbara Katz Rothman & Wendy Simonds
Robbie Davis Floyd
Lisa Bernstein
Ilene & Henry Ordower

December News Round Up for Summit

December 03, 2005

Periodically we send our Summit Participants news stories that relate to some of the themes that will be addressed at the Summit. Below please find 5 stories that may be of interest

For Some women, birth has become the latest battlegound for reproductive rights

August 24, 2005

In a USA Today story, reporter Rita Rubin explores how "a growing number of hosptials, women are being forced to schedule a repeat cesarean section just because they already had one." The story describes an overall C-section rate in the US that continues to climb and local activism opposing restrictions on women seeking to have vaginal births: "'My uterus, my choice,' read one placard at a rally in late July at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash." To read the full story go to:

Abortion Issue Divides, Distracts Us From Common Threats and Threads

March 12, 2005

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By: Lynn M. Paltrow, published in Perspectives, Volume 13, No.3, Winter 2005

I started my career defending a woman's right to choose abortion and now run National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an organization that works on behalf of pregnant women and families. No, I haven't had a political or religious conversion. What I have had is the opportunity to see how the abortion issue distracts us from shared political and family values.


June 06, 2004

By Freeda Lynne Cathcart
Roanoke Times & World News (Roanoke, VA)
June 6, 2004 Sunday Metro Edition

One in a million, part of a small contingent in a sea of masses, I was witness to the historic March for Women's Lives on April 25 in Washington D.C.

My husband, four sons and I marched with the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. We were a testament that the March for Women's Lives was about a much broader issue than abortion rights.

It was about women's ability to access good quality health care. It was about whether women can be trusted to make their own health care decisions.

We marched in memory of Angela Carder, a 27-year-old pregnant woman who in the name of fetal rights was forced to have a Caesarean section that resulted in her death and the death of her fetus. We marched in celebration of childbirth and the rights of women and families to decide if or when a Caesarean is necessary. We marched in honor of mothers who bear and raise children without compensation or any kind of meaningful state support to ensure the health and welfare of their families.