This provocative book shows how & in what circumstances Americans give birth. It is not about the miracle of life, but about the role of money & politics in a lucrative industry; a saga of champagne birthing suites for the rich, & desperate measures for the poor. It is a colorful history from the torture & burning of midwives in medieval times, through the absurd pretensions of the modest Victorian age, to this centurys vast succession of anesthetic, technological, & natural birthing fashions. And it is a comprehensive indictment of the politics of birth & national health. Explores conventional & alternative methods.
|Publisher:||DIANE Publishing Company|