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The Control of Childbirth: Women Versus Medicine Through the Ages
The Control of Childbirth: Women Versus Medicine Through the Ages by Phyllis L. Brodsky, Foreword by Mary Ann Shah 0786433620 9780786433629
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The Control of Childbirth: Women Versus Medicine Through the Ages by Phyllis L. Brodsky, Foreword by Mary Ann Shah

When childbirth moved from womens homes into hospitals, women lost more than they had bargained for. As the event became increasingly male-dominated and medically oriented, womens control of the experience all but vanished. Worse, recent clinical trials have demonstrated that most modern interventions and technological practices have not improved delivery outcomes and are not necessary in normal labor and birth. From pre-classical to present times, this work describes childbirth practices as they have developed through the ages. The author describes and critiques the evolution of modern midwifery and obstetrics, focusing especially on how, why, and when the process of childbirth became an increasingly sterile, male-dominated, and medically oriented event. Each chapter focuses on a different period, from the age of the female midwife (who oversaw the childbirth process for several centuries), through the origins of modern obstetrics and gynecology, and finally, to the increasing influence of technology in the practices that have prevailed for most of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Author: Phyllis L. Brodsky, Foreword by Mary Ann Shah

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 222

Publisher: McFarland

Publication Date: 2008-02-29

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ISBN: 0786433620


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