Social Perspectives on Pregnancy and Childbirth for Midwives, Nurses and the Caring Professions

Social Perspectives on Pregnancy and Childbirth for Midwives, Nurses and the Caring Professions

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How does pregnancy and childbirth affect women's lives? How do we understand the connections between the biological and social processes that shape experiences of pregnancy and childbirth? What influences contemporary approaches to maternity care and midwifery education? This book explores contemporary issues around pregnancy and childbirth using a feminist sociological approach. Becoming pregnant and giving birth are seen here as complex social processes. The book therefore goes beyond biological accounts of pregnancy and childbirth to examine these social processes. The biological and the social are seen as linked together. Knowledge, power, identity and the body are key concepts in the book and important for understanding the relationship between the biological and social. Written in a clear, accessible style the text will assist nurses, midwives and the caring professions to use sociological ideas and theories. It is divided into four parts that look at ways of knowing, the professionals, constructing identities and women's bodies. In the conclusion the author discusses the implications of adopting a feminist and sociological approach to health care practice. "Social Perspectives on Pregnancy and Childbirth" has been designed for use as a key text on a range of pre-registration and post-registration degree courses for nurses and midwives, and is suitable for use on a range of undergraduate programmes in social science and health more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 168 x 236 x 16mm | 521.64g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • Multiple languages
  • New.
  • facsimiles
  • 0335199119
  • 9780335199112
  • 736,541

About Julie Kent

Julie Kent is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She has a nursing background and completed a PhD about midwifery education. She is co-editor of Women, Research and Careers. Her current research is on human implant more

Table of contents

Series editor's preface Part one: The biological and the social The biological and the social Who knows best? Competing approaches to childbirth Part two: The professionals Educating the professionals Midwifery as 'women's work' Part three: Constructing identities Women as mothers Sexual identities Part four: Women's bodies Reproductive technologies and the new genetics Imaging bodies Changing childbirth, changing the future? References more

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