Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First / Edition 1

Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First / Edition 1

by Marsden Wagner
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ISBN-10:
0520245962
ISBN-13:
9780520245969
Pub. Date:
11/01/2006
Publisher:
University of California Press
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Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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As Americans, members of the wealthiest nation in the world with access to the most advanced technologies, we are accustomed to believing that our healthcare professionals offer the best care available. What better example than modern maternity and obstetric services in the United States? Women can now deliver their babies in the safety of the hospital, free from pain, with skilled physicians at hand to safeguard their well-being... or so I thought prior to reading this scathing critique of the American obstetric establishment. Marsden Wagner's glittering credentials as a perinatologist and former director of women's health at the World Health Organization lend authority to his startling assertions. A medical student planning to enter obstetrics myself in a few short months, I was most shocked by the well-documented harm done to pregnant women by many unwitting obstetricians employing "accepted medical procedures": through Dr. Wagner's eyes, I began to see today's elective cesarean section akin to yesterday's bloodletting. I recommend this book to anyone with a passion for women's and children's health, healthcare reform, or the history of medicine.
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