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Nina Martin is ProPublica’s first reporter covering gender and sexuality. She joined the staff in September 2013 after spending much of the last decade at San Francisco magazine as articles editor (since 2007) and executive editor (2003-2005).
Martin has been a reporter and editor specializing in women’s, legal and health issues for more than 30 years. Her early career included stints at The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, and the International Herald Tribune. Her work has appeared in many magazines, including Health, Mother Jones, Elle, and The Nation.
Martin is based in Berkeley, Calif.
Aug. 17, 5 a.m.A nationwide survey shows that postpartum nurses often fail to warn mothers about potentially life-threatening complications, mainly because they need more education themselves.
Aug. 3, 5 a.m.We’ve heard from 3,100 women who survived life-threatening complications of pregnancy or childbirth. They told us what they wish they had known — and what they would say to other new and expectant mothers.
July 17, 8 a.m.An estimated 700 to 900 women in the U.S. died from pregnancy-related causes in 2016. We have identified 120 of them so far.
May 12, 5 a.m.The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: the health care system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers.
Aug. 24, 2016, 9:17 a.m.Two new reports show maternal deaths and severe complications rose as the state slashed funding for family planning, but researchers and state officials say more information is needed to understand the trend.
July 14, 2016, 6 a.m.Research funded by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and others not only helped spur the nation’s top court to strike down key parts of a Texas abortion law, but also has fueled a string of other changes making abortion more accessible.
July 14, 2016, 5:59 a.m.For reproductive-health advocates, science is proving to be a powerful weapon.
June 28, 2016, 10:50 a.m.After the court hands a sweeping victory to abortion rights advocates, there was a torrent of analysis on what it means and what comes next.
June 27, 2016, 5:42 p.m.The ruling is expected to have a monumental ripple effect, invalidating strict clinic laws in about half the states.
June 2, 2016, 10:29 a.m.It took 16 months and thousands of dollars, but prosecutors have dismissed the case against Katie Darovitz, one of hundreds of women charged under Alabama’s harsh chemical endangerment law.
May 26, 2016, 8 a.m.For years, Zofran was the most popular morning-sickness medication in the U.S. Now it’s being accused of causing birth defects. The larger issue is a drug-safety system that excludes women from clinical trials, potentially putting them and their babies at risk.
May 4, 2016, 2:02 p.m.Authorities could no longer charge a pregnant woman with child endangerment for taking a drug prescribed by her doctor.
April 5, 2016, 6 a.m.It’s not just bathrooms. Lawmakers also took away the right to sue under state law for all kinds of employment discrimination.
March 22, 2016, 7:59 a.m.In oral arguments Wednesday, religious groups contend that just signing a form to facilitate access to birth control violates their rights.
March 2, 2016, 11:27 a.m.The justices will decide whether the state’s restrictions on clinics and abortion doctors go too far.
Feb. 29, 2016, 7 a.m.How we got to this week’s abortion showdown — and how Justice Scalia’s views could help shape the outcome.
Jan. 8, 2016, 1:22 p.m.Two potentially sweeping Supreme Court cases set the stage for a seismic shift in the battle over abortion and contraception.
Dec. 2, 2015, 12:34 p.m.Shootings like the one at a Colorado clinic are rare. Stalking, hate mail, and intimidating protests are the daily reality.
Nov. 20, 2015, 11:44 a.m.A task force studying ways to fix the state’s broken health care system takes aim at a law that criminalizes prenatal drug use.
Sep. 30, 2015, 11 a.m.As hundreds of Alabama women face child endangerment charges, hospitals are mostly mum on their testing policies – even with the patients.
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