Pushed The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

ISBN-10: 0738211664
ISBN-13: 9780738211664
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jennifer Block
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Description: In the U.S., nearly half of all mothers are chemically induced into labor whether they want it or not; almost a third give birth via C-section. For women who want an alternative, choice is often unavailable: Midwives are often inaccessible; in  More...

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List price: $17.99
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.95" wide x 9.00" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In the U.S., nearly half of all mothers are chemically induced into labor whether they want it or not; almost a third give birth via C-section. For women who want an alternative, choice is often unavailable: Midwives are often inaccessible; in eleven states they are illegal. In one of those states, even birthing centers are outlawed. When did birth become an emergency instead of an emergence? When did normal, physiological birth become a crime? A Groundbreaking Journalistic Narrative. Pushed presents the complete picture of birth in America from the front-lines. Crisscrossing the country to investigate all sides of the issue, and witness to several births--from a planned Caesarean to an underground home birth--Jennifer Block examines childbirth as a reproductive rights issues, exploring the implications of the widely held assumption that routine C-sections, inductions, and epidurals equal medical progress. Block's research and experience show that while medical intervention certainly has its place, there is compelling evidence that we are overusing medical technology at the expense of maternal and fetal health: Either women's bodies are failing, or the system is failing women.

Acknowledgments
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction
Arranged Birth
The Short Cut
Denied Birth
Consequences
Mothers' Helpers
Underground
Criminalized
Rights
Appendix A
Appendix B
Notes
Index

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