Giving birth to a child is arguably the most intensely painful experience a human being can have. After nine months of more-or-less blissful pregnancy, childbirth is the dark side of reproduction -- and it's understandable that many women prefer to bypass the full experience through drugs or surgery ... More >>
Westminster mom Wendy McKendrick left the hospital after giving birth to her first daughter feeling disempowered and unnecessarily medicated. "I felt like I was just a spectator to my own birth," she says. So when she found out she was pregnant with a second daughter, McKendrick decided she'd like ... More >>
These days, there are plenty of breast cancer fundraisers, as well there should be: It's a great cause. But so far as Carla Gurovich knows, there's never been one quite like Two Topless Miles, at which breast cancer survivors and their friends, family and supporters will be able to take off their s ... More >>
At 2 p.m. today, the Colorado Personhood Coalition will hold a press conference at a very pointed location -- a local Planned Parenthood office -- to tout the beginning of a petition drive for the latest version of a Personhood resolution. And campaign reps including Kristi Burton Brown, the face of ... More >>
Race for the Cure.For many years, the regional Planned Parenthood headquarters was Westword's neighbor, and we had a front-row seat for the picketers who harassed employees of an organization that does so much more than providing abortion services.
Buds for Boobies, taking place at 7 p.m. tonight at the Boulder Theater, is among the season's most unusual fundraisers -- a medical-marijuana-themed decorative bra auction, with proceeds earmarked for breast-cancer research. But it's also a music-filled educational symposium arguing that MMJ ... More >>
Next month, Alicia Vargo, the proprietress of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie in Englewood, will open a new outpost of her much-lauded house of bras and panties with an unlikely address and a noble cause. The boutique, to be called Pampered Passions Care Wear, will cater to the needs of women who've ... More >>
A bill to expand midwives' scope of practice will likely become law, having passed both the House and Senate this week. While the bill allows midwives to administer certain drugs and IVs, it isn't everything that advocates, including Westword profile subject Indra Lusero, had hoped for. A pr ... More >>
A bill to expand midwives' scope of practice in Colorado that's seen its fair share of compromises may have had its easiest day in the spotlight yesterday. After several hours of testimony and questions about infant death rates and medical liability insurance, the House Judiciary Committee ... More >>
Update below: As detailed in our feature, "Special Delivery," a group of midwives, moms and home-birth advocates are pushing to expand the scope of what Colorado midwives can do. Among the proposed changes: allowing midwives to administer certain drugs and IVs, and making it legal for midwiv ... More >>
Fighting breast cancer in style.On March 13, Colorado natives Mackenzie Bell, Page Kelley, Jeremy Rubingh, Allie Shafner, Alison Friedman and Laura Yale loaded a pink RV with their gear, a set of fake boobs and breast cancer information and headed for Steamboat with the goal of skiing every C ... More >>
The official ride of breast cancer awareness.Goofy-looking Texans on spring break at Colorado ski resorts will have a tough time standing out next week. While a jeans and cowboy hat getup will draw some finger-pointing, it's got nothing on a band of pink cape-wearing, fake boob-carrying phila ... More >>
Our recent cover story, "Special Delivery," tells the tale of 36-year-old Indra Lusero, a Denver home-birth-mom-turned-lawyer who's advocating for what she sees as common-sense changes to Colorado's midwifery law. Today at 1:30 p.m., the bill to make those changes will be heard by the Senate ... More >>
This week's cover story, "Special Delivery," tells the story of Indra Lusero, a home-birth-mom-turned-lawyer who has thrust herself into a legislative battle between midwives and doctors. After giving birth at home with a midwife eight years ago, Lusero became an advocate for the age-old pro ... More >>
Indra Lusero.Soon after Indra Lusero gave birth in the bedroom of her Highlands bungalow in 2003, she made a decision: She wasn't going to be the typical midwifery client who had her baby and then never thought about midwives again. No, she was going to become an advocate for the centuries-ol ... More >>
Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is overflowing with events to support breast-cancer causes. The most delicious event, though, will definitely be Cook for the Case, tonight at Kimball Distributing, 1400 West Third Avenue, and billed as "a delicious way to help fight the ba ... More >>
Breakfast! It's what's for dinner! That's the siren song of this year's Breakfast for Boobs, a benefit to battle breast cancer. The fundraiser, which takes place on Sunday, April 18 from to 5 to 8 p.m. at Hot Cakes Diner, 1400 E. 18th Ave., is hosted by the Denver chapter of Ladies United for ... More >>
During October, Village Tavern ,at 1 West Flatiron Crossing Drive in Broomfield, is marking the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by serving up special Hope-tini cocktails to raise money for breast cancer research. "People are definitely interested," says John Davis, Villag ... More >>
Luanne Buckstein and Pamela Clifton fill a gap in women's theater
LUPEC's Breakfast for Boobs raises cash to fight cancer.
Childbirth goes solo.
Menopause The Musical provides some fluffy comedy about female changes.
Trinidad's transgendered sex-change surgeon knows what her patients are going through.
Musical celebrates the "M" word -- loudly
The Vagina Monologues are back, for a benefit at the Boulder Theater.
A clever female duo examines the humorous side of aging.
Monica Janzen had a great voice, a solid band and a new record. She also had breast cancer.
When a doctor makes a rare but horrible mistake, who should bear the scars?
Can bone-marrow transplants save breast-cancer patients? There's little middle ground in the debateand lots of uncharted territory.
A lawsuit is driving DU's Graduate School of Professional Psychology crazy -- or was it already?
TINA KNOX'S DEATH WAS SAD, AND SO WAS HER TREATMENT.