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

ISBN-10: 0520256336
ISBN-13: 9780520256330
Edition: 2008
Authors: Marsden Wagner
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 305
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In this rare, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in hospitals across the country, a longtime medical insider and international authority on childbirth assesses the flawed American maternity care system, powerfully demonstrating how it fails to deliver safe, effective care for both mothers and babies. Written for mothers and fathers, obstetricians, nurses, midwives, scientists, insurance professionals, and anyone contemplating having a child, this passionate exposeacute; documents how, in the most expensive maternity care system in the world, women have lost control over childbirth and what the disturbing results of this phenomenon have been.Born in the USAexamines issues including midwifery and the safety of out-of-hospital birth, how the process of becoming a doctor can adversely affect both practitioners and their patients, and why there has been a rise in the use of risky but doctor-friendly interventions, including the use of Cytotec, a drug that has not been approved by the FDA for pregnant women. Most importantly, this gripping investigation, supported by many troubling personal stories, explores how women can reclaim the childbirth experience for the betterment of themselves and their children. Born in the USAtells: * Why women are 70% more likely to die in childbirth in America than in Europe * What motivates obstetricians to use dangerous and unnecessary drugs and procedures * How the present malpractice crisis has been aggravated by the fear of accountability * Why procedures such as cesarean section and birth inductions are so readily used

Marsden Wagner, a physician and scientist, is a former Director of Women's and Children's Health at the World Health Organization and a recipient of an Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. He is author of many books, includingPursuing the Birth Machine: The Search for Appropriate Birth TechnologyandTough Choices: In Vitro Fertilization and the Reproductive Technologies.

Preface
Maternity Care in Crisis: Where Are the Doctors?
Tribal Obstetrics
Choose and Lose: Promoting Cesarean Section and Other Invasive Interventions
Forced Labor: Induction or Seduction
Hunting Witches: Midwifery in America
Where to Be Born: Here Come the Obstetric Police
Rights and Wrongs: The "Malpractice Crisis," Legal Protections for Pregnant Women, and Regulation by Litigation
Vision of a Better Way to Be Born
How to Get Where We Need to Be
Notes
Index

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