Birth Alternatives

Overview

A woman's childbirth care choices have a profound effect on her pregnancy and childbirth experience. Today, some pregnant women have three different options to choose from: obstetrical care and a hospital birth, a midwife-assisted birth in a hospital, and a midwife-assisted birth at an out-of-hospital birthing center. By using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, this volume examines how and why 200 women made their choices, how satisfied they were with the care they received, and the impact of ...

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Overview

A woman's childbirth care choices have a profound effect on her pregnancy and childbirth experience. Today, some pregnant women have three different options to choose from: obstetrical care and a hospital birth, a midwife-assisted birth in a hospital, and a midwife-assisted birth at an out-of-hospital birthing center. By using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, this volume examines how and why 200 women made their choices, how satisfied they were with the care they received, and the impact of their choices on the availability of options in the future. Although most women in the U.S. still choose an obstetrician and a hospital setting, the number of women who choose to be assisted by a Certified Nurse Midwife is growing, with the result that this profession is acquiring new strength and jurisdiction over childbirth care.

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A sociologist specializing in women's and children's health explores the importance of women's childbirth care choices both for their own pregnancy and childbirth experiences and for the development and growth of the care provider's profession. She illustrates recent changes by analyzing women's experiences through the frameworks of help-seeking and professionalization. In addition to interviews, she draws on records from a health maintenance organization from 1989 to conduct a longitudinal study. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313299520
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/1999
  • Series: Controversies in Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 182
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

SANDRA HOWELL-WHITE is a Senior Research Associate at the Peer Review Organization of New Jersey, where she examines quality of care issues for women, children, and special needs populations.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Introduction
1 The Importance of Choice 1
2 Conception 19
3 In the Beginning: Prenatal Care 33
4 The Traditional Birth Experience 61
5 The "Natural" Birth 95
6 The Great Compromise 113
7 After the Birth 139
Bibliography 151
Index 161
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