“Informed” Consent?

A smart phone app that is garnering more media attention, due to its expanding market, is Nurx. The app allows women to order and obtain contraceptives through the app, which are then delivered right to their door. Women can pick a contraceptive of their choosing (or get a doctor’s recommendation), then answer a “few health…

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Phone-Based Apps: A 21st Century Facelift for FABMs

I’ll never forget their conversation on that car ride home. I was driving back from a nationally recognized nursing research conference with graduate nursing students in my research group. I was horribly intimidated by their knowledge of research methods and how they could tear apart a study in minutes. They knew so much more about…

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Is Your Birth Control Sustainable?

Spring is in full swing here in the Midwest. I can hardly believe it’s already April 22nd, Earth Day! First established in 1970, Earth Day was designed to promote awareness of environmental issues and to celebrate our precious natural resources. It is a day that reminds us of the importance of conservation, personal responsibility, and practicing sustainability….

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Introducing Ana Hidalgo Stooks: The Flagship Leader of Our Flagship Center

This is the first post in a series we will be sharing about the various Guiding Star Centers.  We hope that these pieces will shine a light on the incredible work the Guiding Star Project is doing across our country and illustrate our revolutionary vision for the future of women’s healthcare.   Ana Hidalgo Stooks…

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The Disempowerment of Women

Parenting experts often discuss the importance of how parents talk to their children. Parents are reminded to keep discussions positive and to uplift children by our encouragement and trust in their abilities. Call a child stupid or worthless often enough, the child will believe it and live up to the label. On the other hand,…

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NFP Benefits

As many of you may know, many people celebrated NFP Awareness Week recently.  There were so many great articles floating around the blogosphere, and I wanted to share a little bit about the many ways NFP has blessed our marriage. Going into our marriage, there was never a question as to whether or not we…

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Modesty in the Modern World

There’s much a stir in cyber space about the word ‘modesty’ these days. The antics from both sides of the fence, from all over the map, blare loudly across social media and the blogosphere.  Whilst most everywhere you look, the mainstream media smears images and catch phrases that scream the exact opposite of what any…

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Natural Family Planning…It’s a party?!

The topic of Natural Family Planning is a complex one that is as unique as the couples who choose to use it.  For some it’s very simple, straightforward, and easy.  For others it’s a challenge, needing detailed counseling from a trained professional. Regardless, we support and value those who put the time in to educate…

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“Wombing”

The title here may have led you to believe that I am going to be writing about pregnancy.  I am not.  I am, however going to endeavor to discuss with you an aspect of femininity that my husband and I have dubbed “wombing.”   It is the female disposition towards inclusivity.   “Interiority” is the bigger more technical…

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Can Pro-Life groups work together????

For those of you who are familiar with the Guiding Star Model you know that good collaboration of separate service providers and organizations is essential to the realization of our mission. We are working to create comprehensive women’s centers that can provide for basically all of the needs of childbearing women and their families. This…

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