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The Politics of Birth explores ways in which we learn about birth, how we talk and feel about it, assumptions that professional caregivers may make, and the roles and skills of midwives. Topics include home birth and water birth; the use of drugs in childbirth; obstetric and nursing interventions which are often used routinely; Caesarean sections; pressures that care-givers are under, and the choices presented to women that are more apparent than real. Throughout, the author draws on research-based evidence to present both an holistic yet grounded examination of topical issues surrounding pregnancy and childbirth. This is not a "how to" book. The aim of The Politics of Birth is to help the reader develop deeper insight and understanding of how a technocratic birth culture shapes our ideas about birth and obstetric practice.

• Examines the social context of childbirth and midwifery in European and American birth cultures, the challenges facing caregivers and childbearing women and an evaluation of practices and belief systems.
• Aims to facilitate constructive dialogue between healthcare professionals and women having babies.
• Helps develop deeper insight and understanding of how a technocratic birth culture shapes our ideas about birth and obstetric practice.
• An accessible yet reader-friendly text that draws on research-based evidence in a thoughtful and analytical manner to present both an holistic yet grounded examination of topical issues surrounding pregnancy and childbirth.

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The book will be a godsend for students who are looking for a concise analysis of a childbearing issue.
Rosemary Mander, Professor of Midwifery, University of Edinburgh
The Practising Midwife, July/August 2006

The Politics of Birth challenges readers to open their eyes, examine current practice, analyze the birth culture, and stay open to innovative ways of creating more humane environments for giving birth and becoming families. This deeply thoughtful, eminently practical book, full of intriguing surprises, is a welcome addition to my library
Elizabeth Hormann, EdM, IBCLC, Cologne, Germany
Journal of Human Lactation, Volume 22, Number 1, February 2006

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750688765
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/21/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 0.56 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1. Giving birth
2. The birth place
3. The clock, the bed and the chair
4. Images of birth and breastfeeding
5. Breastfeeding: public health, birth and shame
6. Birth education: from pedagogy to politics
7. The language of birth
8. Touch and its meanings
9. The caesarean epidemic
10. Court-ordered caesareans
11. Birth plans
12. Home birth
13. Waterbirth
14. Birth dance
15. What’s happening to midwives?
16. Doulas
17. Fathers
18. Children at birth
19. Silence is collusion: violence in pregnancy
20. Mothers and babies behind bars
21. Pregnant asylum seekers: the dispossessed
22. Changing our birth culture
Reflections
Useful websites and addresses
Index

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