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The Rhetoric of Midwifery: Gender, Knowledge, and Power
     

The Rhetoric of Midwifery: Gender, Knowledge, and Power

by Mary Lay-Schuster
 

ISBN-10: 0813527783

ISBN-13: 9780813527789

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

The Rhetoric of Midwifery offers new insights into issues of gender and power within the context of our present-day medical system. As a point of departure, Mary M. Lay analyzes the public discussion over nonacademically trained--or direct-entry--midwives within Minnesota, particularly the state-held public hearings about licensing traditional midwives between 1991

Overview

The Rhetoric of Midwifery offers new insights into issues of gender and power within the context of our present-day medical system. As a point of departure, Mary M. Lay analyzes the public discussion over nonacademically trained--or direct-entry--midwives within Minnesota, particularly the state-held public hearings about licensing traditional midwives between 1991 and 1995.

Lay draws on the testimonies of midwives, home-birth parents, nurses, physicians, and attorneys to illustrate various points of view. In addition, the author details the history of midwifery to highlight ongoing concerns that have surfaced since the profession's inception.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813527789
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1The Current Debate over Direct-Entry Midwifery in the United States1
2Rhetorical Analysis and the Midwifery Debates20
3The Rhetorical History of Midwifery43
4The Minnesota Midwifery Study Advisory Group: Professional Jurisdictions and Boundary Spanning77
5Licensing Rules and Regulations: Normalizing the Practice of Midwifery101
6Jurisdictional Boundaries: Claiming Authority over Scientific Discourse and Knowledge131
7Issues of Gender and Power: The Rhetoric of Direct-Entry Midwifery170
Appendix AAdditional Notes on Methodology and Sources189
Appendix BGlossary of Birth Terms195
Appendix CRhetors Involved in the Minnesota Hearings and Chronology of the Hearings201
Notes207
Bibliography219
Index233

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