Childbirth in the Age of Plastics

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Since the middle of the twentieth century, the development of plastics has been one of the main factors influencing the history of medicine. This development has not only transformed most medical disciplines, it has also made possible the emergence of new medical concepts. Focusing on obstetrics, this first book about the history of medicine in relation to the plastic revolution asks vit al questions about childbirth today-and tomorrow- and demonstrates that this also a turning ...

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Overview

Since the middle of the twentieth century, the development of plastics has been one of the main factors influencing the history of medicine. This development has not only transformed most medical disciplines, it has also made possible the emergence of new medical concepts. Focusing on obstetrics, this first book about the history of medicine in relation to the plastic revolution asks vit al questions about childbirth today-and tomorrow- and demonstrates that this also a turning point in the history of humanity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905177547
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd
  • Publication date: 7/16/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The history of medicine in the light of the history of plastic 1

2 Unasked questions about the most common medical intervention in childbirth 4

Preliminary questions 4

Can synthetic oxytocin cross the placenta? 5

3 Unsusted birth statistics 8

Towards new classifications 9

Why new criteria to evaluate the practices of obstetrics/midwifery? 10

Can we measure the safety of the caesarean? 11

Combining intuitive and scientific knowledge 14

4 A tool for the future 15

History of a concept 15

Gene expression and Primal Health Research 16

Enlarging our horizons 18

5 The oxytocin system of our great granddaughters 21

For those interested in the future of humanity: an inevitable question 21

Preliminary answers 22

Unanswered questions 24

6 What makes a substance poisonous? 26

Before the age of plastics 26

In the age of plastics 26

A turning point in the history of toxicology 31

7 If I were the baby 34

In the age of empirism 34

The support of scientific data 35

Should we toll the knell of labour induction? 35

8 Reasons for optimism 39

Our cultural background 39

The discovery 41

Immediate implications and long-term lessons 42

9 Promising avenues for research 45

A fruitful physiological concept 45

A fruitful complementary concept 46

Emotional contagion 49

10 Complying with the shyness of oxytocin 51

Using analogies 51

How the shyness of oxytocin was gradually forgotten 52

The masculinisation of the birth environment 53

A strengthened cultural conditioning 54

The highest possible peak of the shy hormone 56

If… 57

11 Learning from home births 60

Authoritative studies 60

An overview of obstacles to overcome 62

The doula phenomenon 63

The participation of the baby's father at birth 66

Beyond the birth 69

Why focus on home birth? 70

12 Futuristic strategies 72

13 Interpreting labour pain 74

A paradigm shift 74

Meanwhile 75

Lumbar reflexotherapy 76

Birthing pools 78

14 The future of pharmacological assistance in childbirth 82

Learning from clinical observation 82

Learning from word of mouth 84

All drugs have side effects 85

15 The industrialisation of pregnancy in the age of cheap plastics 87

Are they still 'normal' pregnant women? 87

Evidence supporting the dominant style of prenatal care 89

A paradigm shift 90

From knowledge to awareness 93

16 Clarified objectives 94

17 The cost of childbirth in the age of plastics 95

What is Earth Overshoot Day? 95

Two possible scenarios 96

Flirting with Utopia 97

Epilogue: Childbirth in the land of Utopia 102

References 111

Index 128

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