Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

by Jennifer Block
Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

by Jennifer Block

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Overview

"No woman who is pregnant, has been pregnant, or plans to be pregnant should set foot inside the office of her OB/GYN before reading this."--Women's Review of Books

A groundbreaking narrative investigation of childbirth in the age of machines, malpractice, and managed care, Pushed presents the complete picture of maternity care in America. From inside the operating room of a hospital with a 44% Cesarean rate to the living room floor of a woman who gives birth with an illegal midwife, Block exposes a system in which few women have an optimal experience. Pushed surveys the public health impact of routine labor inductions, C-sections, and epidurals, but also examines childbirth as a women's rights issue: Do women even have the right to choose a normal birth? Is that right being upheld? A wake-up call for our times, Block's gripping research reveals that while emergency obstetric care is essential, we are overusing medical technology at the expense of maternal and infant health.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738211664
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/08/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 288,469
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jennifer Block is a former editor at Ms. Magazine and an editor of the revised Our Bodies, Ourselves. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Mother Jones, and Elle. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Preface to the Paperback Edition     xiii
Introduction     xvii
Arranged Birth     1
The Short Cut     45
Denied Birth     73
Consequences     109
Mothers' Helpers     149
Underground     177
Criminalized     213
Rights     249
Appendix A     273
Appendix B     277
Notes     279
Index     301

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