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From the Publisher"A wise and often surprising history of how changing understandings of childbirth have transformed relations between fathers and infants, patients and hospitals, husbands and wives. Splendidly illustrated, wonderfully readable—give it to every prospective parent you know!"
-Linda K. Kerber, author of No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship
"Leavitt's richly textured account reveals unprecedented dramatic changes in men's role in childbirth from the 1930s to the 1980s. Make Room for Daddy enlarges the history of the family, masculinity, gender roles, and fatherhood; the history of medicalization, professionalism, and expertise; and the intersection of these two, the history of the medicalization of the family."
-Martin S. Pernick, University of Michigan
"Judith Walzer Leavitt takes us on a journey through the modern history of the father's role in childbirth, from being completely excluded in the waiting room to being fully included and expected to help in the delivery room. Parents and maternity caregivers will recognize and be inspired by the important changes that have taken place over the past fifty years and by the significant effects on the family with the new father's participation in birth, enhancing the bond between parent and infant as well as the bond between parents."
-Marshall Klaus, M.D., and Phyllis Klaus, M.F.T., M.L.S.W., coauthors of Your Amazing Newborn, The Doula Book, and Bonding
"With characteristic insight and great historical sophistication, Judith Walzer Leavitt narrates the remarkable story of how fathers came to participate in the birth of their children—after years of being relegated to smoke-filled waiting rooms. Make Room for Daddy is an exceptional book that reminds us of both the cultural and emotional power of the childbirth experience, not only for mothers, but for fathers and families as well."
-Allan M. Brandt, Harvard University
"Make Room for Daddy is a highly original work on a topic that has never been fully addressed by historians. Feminist scholars often recognize the need to examine the experiences of men in order to understand women's history and the impact of gender expectations on both men and women, but few focus on men with the depth and sensitivity evident in this study. This book strikes lots of emotional chords as well, and will appeal to men and women, scholars and nonacademic readers, and anyone who has gone through the process of becoming a parent or is contemplating the possibility."
-Elaine Tyler May, author of Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era