Miriam Pérez

Miriam Zoila Pérez is a Cuban-American writer covering issues of race, health and gender. She is the founder of RadicalDoula.com, and was an Editor at Feministing.com for four years, during which time the site was awarded the Sidney J Hillman Prize for Blog Journalism. She’s the Gender Columnist for Colorlines, and her writing has appeared in The Nation, Alternet, The American Prospect, MORE Magazine, Talking Points Memo and a number of anthologies, including “Yes Means Yes,” “Click” and “Persistence.” Pérez is the author of “The Radical Doula Guide: A Political Primer for Full-Spectrum Pregnancy and Childbirth Support.” Learn more about her work on her website.


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Surrogacy: The Next Frontier for Reproductive Justice

Miriam Pérez

Surrogacy is a complicated subject, to say the least. It involves many of the issues central to reproductive justice—bodily autonomy, a woman’s right to abortion, definitions of parenthood, and custody of children. It’s also an option increasingly relied upon by gay couples—usually gay men—to create families. It invariably brings up concerns about racial and economic justice when the majority of surrogates are low-income and many are women of color. It’s an issue on which few reproductive rights and justice groups are working on but one that deserves our close attention.

The Cost of Being Born At Home

Miriam Pérez

Upwardly-mobile moms may finally be catching on to the benefits of midwifery and homebirth, but low-income women are still firmly planted in the hospital, most often with medicalized births overseen by doctors.

The Myth of the Elective C-Section

Miriam Pérez

When the media covers the rising rate of c-section, it’s often ready to lay the blame at the feet of a woman we’re come to know well over the last few years -- the busy career mom scheduling her delivery between important business deals. But while some moms may be requesting surgical birth, research shows that has little to do with the overall increase in c-section rates nationwide.

Mi Compañera

Miriam Pérez

During a time when abortion politics are the wedge issue dividing the social justice movement, some doulas are working across issue lines to provide women with the support they need for all their decisions.

Queering Reproductive Justice

Miriam Pérez

Why should members of the LGBTQI communities care about abortion rights? Because reproductive justice is about much more than abortion - and building a powerful movement requires diversity, respect and a clear vision of the ways in which we are all connected.

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