Birth by Design

Birth by Design : Pregnancy, Maternity Care and Midwifery in North America and Europe

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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415923387
  • 9780415923385
  • 1,123,369

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"Through their comparative and multi-leveled analyses, the editors and contributors remind readers that while birth is a natural physiological phenomenon, our understandings of birth, the birthing process, and how and from whom mothers should receive maternity care are culturally based and are continually constructed and reconstructed. By re-focusing our attention on birth outcomes as women's experiences and the reproduction of societies and culture, the editors and contributors of "Birth by Design do problematize all contexts of maternity care, and by doing so, challenge birthing mothers, caregivers, and policy makers in our thinking about the birthing process.."-Canadian Journal of Sociology Online (CJS Online), March - April 2002

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Birth is a universal experience, yet the way birth is treated is by no means universal. In the United States, for example, almost all births occur in a hospital under the supervision of a doctor, while in the Netherlands thirty percent of births occur at home and midwives attend nearly half of all deliveries. Birth by Design is the first truly comparative and multidisciplinary study of maternity care and birth practices by leading experts in maternity care from the United States, Canada, and Europe. The authors explore the tangled histories of midwifery and obstetrics, the role of the state and of social movements in care at birth, the rise of managed care, and the impact of new perinatal technologies. Birth by Design offers a groundbreaking, cross-cultural understanding of maternity care and childbirth.

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