Rediscovering Birth

Rediscovering Birth

by Sheila Kitzinger
     
 

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For thousands of years women have given birth among people they know in a place they know well. Knowledge is shared and birth is a social event. In northern industrial societies today, when a women gets pregnant she may be presented with various options. Yet if it is her first baby she has only the vaguest idea of how birth feels and how other women cope. Birth is set… See more details below

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For thousands of years women have given birth among people they know in a place they know well. Knowledge is shared and birth is a social event. In northern industrial societies today, when a women gets pregnant she may be presented with various options. Yet if it is her first baby she has only the vaguest idea of how birth feels and how other women cope. Birth is set apart from the rest of women's lives and accepted as a matter of specialist knowledge. To discuss birth only in terms of our Western culture is to get a one-dimensional view of it. This book offer a cross cultural perspective.

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Library Journal
This is a work of social anthropology with political intentions. Kitzinger, a well-known birth educator and activist and author of the classic Pregnancy and Childbirth, wants to open women's eyes to the meanings of childbirth that have been lost through the adoption of the technocratic model of birth now prevalent in Europe and the United States. To this end, she uses observations from decades of original fieldwork, as well as research from the literature, to examine childbirth practices and beliefs in many cultures. We have moved away from the social model of traditional cultures, Kitzinger tells us, in which childbirth is a normal life process controlled by the woman and her community, and have allowed birth to become a medical event associated with pathology and controlled by specialists. The political task at hand is to take back control from the technocracy and put it into the hands of women so that the best elements of both models may be available. Kitzinger has written a fascinating and emotionally and imagistically beautiful work of great usefulness. Potential mothers, students of traditional birth practices, and those interested in the medical, cultural, and political issues surrounding birth will welcome it.--Noemie Maxwell, Seattle Midwifery Sch. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905177394
Publisher:
Pinter & Martin Ltd
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,122,774
File size:
3 MB

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