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Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas

Our Bodies, Our Lives
Spanish Translation/Adaptation
Boston Women’s Health Book Collective
Siete Cuentos/Seven Stories Press
May 2000

US-based collaborators and contributors
Latin American Collaborators
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Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas is the first Spanish-language cultural adaptation of Our Bodies, Ourselves for Latina women. Recognizing that it was essential for Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas to reflect the plurality of cultures, politics and economics characteristic of Latinas throughout the Americas, Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), also known as the Boston Women's Health Book Collective (BWHBC), initiated a collaboration with 19 women’s health groups from 11 countries in Central, North and South America, and the Caribbean. Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas is the fruit of four years of collaborative effort during which participating groups, already familiar with the 1977 edition of Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas, developed revised chapters based upon content of the 1992 and 1998 English language editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas, like Our Bodies, Ourselves, honors the personal stories of individual women. Its content and organization, however, acknowledge that Latina perspectives on health and sexuality differ significantly from those expressed within the pages of the English-language book. Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas recognizes that issues of cultural identity, politics, and living life between Latin American and US worlds informs the health of Latina women.

We hope the publication of Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas and the dissemination of Latina-directed health information will provide a milestone opportunity for outreach, prevention awareness, and network-building in Spanish-speaking communities locally, nationally and internationally.

Read a comparison of NCNV and Our Bodies, Ourselves.

"This book continues to be a must-see reference on very many topics, and will certainly be very useful to all of us..."
Denise Paiewonsky, Centro de Estudios de Genero, Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo

"Nuestros Cuerpos Nuestras Vidas ... contents are excellent, its presentation is very good and its language is accessible. Thank you very much."
Ana Santiago, Documentation Services Area Coordinator

"As the largest sheltering program in New England for battered women and their children, we recognize the importance of a resource such as Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas. Our staff as well as the women we serve will greatly benefit from this publication in that it provides important health information in such an empowering format."
Debra J. Robbin, Director of Education & Training
Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.

"An effective and unprecedented effort that will prove equally useful for a woman living in Mexico as for a girl in secondary school in Colombia, or a grandmother who has immigrated an now works in the United States."
El Puente Latino

A ‘Rich, Multivocal Collective Text’ is an in-depth review of NCNV by Ana Ortiz.

US-based collaborators and contributors

Maria Morison Aguiar
Gabriela Canepa
Mayra Canetti
Elizabeth MacMahon Herrera
Rosie Muñoz López
Verónica Nielsen-Vilar
Ester Shapiro
Maria Laura Skinner

Latin American Collaborators and Contributors

AVESA, Venezuela
Casa de la Mujer, Colombia
Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, México
CETAAR, Argentina
Centro de Apoyo Aquelarre, República Dominicana
Centro de Estudios de la Mujer, Argentina
Centro Mujer y Sociedad, Perú
CIDHAL, México
CLADEM, Bolivia
Claudia Adriasola-Boraiko, Chile
Comité Nacional de Defensa de los Derechos Reproductivos, Bolivia
Comité Regional La Corriente, Nicaragua
Con-inspirando, Revista Latinoamericana de Ecofeminismo, Espiritualidad y Teología, Chile
Feministas en Marcha, Puerto Rico
Flora Tristán Centro de la Mujer, Perú
Foro por los Derechos Reproductivos, Argentina
Fundación Para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer, Argentina
Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida, A.C., GIRE, México
Grupo de Mujeres de San Cristóbal de las Casas, México
Instituto Chileno de Medicina Reproductiva, Chile
ISIS Internacional Santiago, Chile
Modemujer, México
Movimiento Manuela Ramos, Perú
Mujer Ahora (Espacio Feminista de Salud), Uruguay
Profamilia, Bolivia
Red de Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe, Chile
Rede Nacional Feminista de Saúde e Direitos Reproductivos, Brasil
SIPAM, México, D.F.
Taller Salud, Puerto Rico

Table of Contents


Part One: Knowledge is Power
1. International Perspectives
2. The Politics of Women’s Health and Health Care System
3. How We Can Organize for Change
4. Introduction to Online Women’s Health Resources

Part Two: Taking Care of Our Health
5. Holistic Health and Cultural Traditions of Healing
6. Body Image
7. Food
8. Women in Motion
9. Mental Health
10. Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs and Other Mood-Altering Drugs
11. Violence Against Women
12. Environmental and Occupational Health
13. Women Growing Older

Part Three: Relationships and Sexuality
14. Sexuality
15. Working Toward Mutuality
16. Romantic Relationships with Other Women

Part Four: Health and Reproductive Rights
17. Understanding Our Bodies: Sexual Anatomy and Physiology of Sexuality and Reproduction
18. Birth Control
19. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
20. HIV, AIDS, and Women
21. Unplanned Pregnancies: Finding Out You’re Pregnant and Deciding What to Do
22. Abortion
23. New Reproductive Technologies
24. Common and Uncommon Diseases

Part Five: Maternity
25. Pregnancy
26. Childbirth
27. Postpartum
28. Child-bearing Loss, Infertility, and Adoption

For more information, please contact:

Our Bodies Ourselves
5 Upland Road #3
Cambridge, MA 02140
[email protected]

Seven Stories Press
140 Watts Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-8760
[email protected]

CLINIC DISCOUNT: Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas is available to clinics and other groups providing health-counseling services at $7.20 per paperback copy plus shipping.  Orders must be for 12 or more copies with payment (check or major credit card) and must include a document verifying health service status and your IRS license number for tax exemption.  The document must be a copy of a statement filed with a state or federal agency indicating health services or health education as a primary purpose of your group.  To place your order and/or for details, contact Seven Stories Press,  212-226-8760.






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