Midwifery and Childbirth in America

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Having a baby is an elemental human experience-profound, even sacred to some women and their families. At the same time, it is a significant component of health care. The medical model of childbirth emphasizes the pathological potential of pregnancy and birth, while an alternative model championed by midwives focuses on the normalcy of pregnancy and its potential for health. Now available in paperback, this definitive account of the many forces that intersect over the issue of childbirth explains in a ...
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Overview

Having a baby is an elemental human experience-profound, even sacred to some women and their families. At the same time, it is a significant component of health care. The medical model of childbirth emphasizes the pathological potential of pregnancy and birth, while an alternative model championed by midwives focuses on the normalcy of pregnancy and its potential for health. Now available in paperback, this definitive account of the many forces that intersect over the issue of childbirth explains in a comprehensive and authoritative manner the conceptual and philosophical differences between these models. The author has brought together in a clear and readable fashion the myriad strands of history, culture, science, economics, and policy that have resulted in the current condition of maternity care in the United States. She describes the disparate backgrounds, training, and roles of certified nurse-midwives and lay or direct entry midwives, and explains the contributions of both groups. Rooks believes that maternity care and childbirth in America can, and should, be better that it is today, and offers steps to take in the direction.

The book contains no figures.

The author is a long-time public health professional, and the book was written for people in public health.

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Reviewer: Nancy E. Moss, PhD, RN, MSN (University of Cincinnati School of Nursing)
Description: This book is a comprehensive documentation of midwifery and childbirth in America. It presents a complete compendium of relevant historical information with some new primary research and includes the social and historical developmental aspects of medicine and midwifery.
Purpose: The book's purpose is to help address the misunderstanding and ignorance about midwifery and the kind of care needed by pregnant women. The book provides a great service and fills an extensive need for accurate information about midwifery and women's health care.
Audience: The book was appropriately written for midwives, midwifery and medical students, and obstetrical/gynecological and family physicians needing an accurate understanding of midwifery and the issues affecting the health and health care of pregnant women in the United States. The author's extensive background in public health as an epidemiologist, along with her education as a nurse-midwife and ongoing commitment/involvement with the American College of Nurse-Midwives, gives her credible authority on her subject matter.
Features: There is an extensive, pertinent reference section.
Assessment: This book is a comprehensive presentation and documentation of midwifery and childbirth in America. It is of exceptional value in today's changing health care environment for the clarification of the needs of women and the appropriate incorporation of midwifery in the health care of women.
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Reviewer: Nancy E. Moss, PhD, RN, MSN (University of Cincinnati School of Nursing)
Description: This book is a comprehensive documentation of midwifery and childbirth in America. It presents a complete compendium of relevant historical information with some new primary research and includes the social and historical developmental aspects of medicine and midwifery.
Purpose: The book's purpose is to help address the misunderstanding and ignorance about midwifery and the kind of care needed by pregnant women. The book provides a great service and fills an extensive need for accurate information about midwifery and women's health care.
Audience: The book was appropriately written for midwives, midwifery and medical students, and obstetrical/gynecological and family physicians needing an accurate understanding of midwifery and the issues affecting the health and health care of pregnant women in the United States. The author's extensive background in public health as an epidemiologist, along with her education as a nurse-midwife and ongoing commitment/involvement with the American College of Nurse-Midwives, gives her credible authority on her subject matter.
Features: There is an extensive, pertinent reference section.
Assessment: This book is a comprehensive presentation and documentation of midwifery and childbirth in America. It is of exceptional value in today's changing health care environment for the clarification of the needs of women and the appropriate incorporation of midwifery in the health care of women.
Nancy E. Moss
This book is a comprehensive documentation of midwifery and childbirth in America. It presents a complete compendium of relevant historical information with some new primary research and includes the social and historical developmental aspects of medicine and midwifery. The book's purpose is to help address the misunderstanding and ignorance about midwifery and the kind of care needed by pregnant women. The book provides a great service and fills an extensive need for accurate information about midwifery and women's health care. The book was appropriately written for midwives, midwifery and medical students, and obstetrical/gynecological and family physicians needing an accurate understanding of midwifery and the issues affecting the health and health care of pregnant women in the United States. The author's extensive background in public health as an epidemiologist, along with her education as a nurse-midwife and ongoing commitment/involvement with the American College of Nurse-Midwives, gives her credible authority on her subject matter. There is an extensive, pertinent reference section. This book is a comprehensive presentation and documentation of midwifery and childbirth in America. It is of exceptional value in today's changing health care environment for the clarification of the needs of women and the appropriate incorporation of midwifery in the health care of women.
Birth Magazine
[A] treasure trove of information and resources to everyone who works in the maternity services, to policymakers, and to women.
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The author, a nurse-midwife and epidemiologist, brings together the myriad strands of history, culture, science, economics, and policy that have resulted in the current condition of maternity care in the US. While acknowledging the role and importance of medical obstetrics, she argues that the most sophisticated medical treatment does not reflect an understanding of childbearing as both a physiologic process and an important human experience and transition. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566395656
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 497
  • Product dimensions: 7.33 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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