9780807871683

Make Room For Daddy: The Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807871683

  • ISBN10:

    0807871680

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-08-01
  • Publisher: UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS

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Summary

Using fathersrs" first-hand accounts from letters, journals, and personal interviews along with hospital records and medical literature, Judith Walzer Leavitt offers a new perspective on the changing role of expectant fathers from the 1940s to the 1980s. She shows how, as men moved first from the hospital waiting room to the labor room in the 1960s, and then on to the delivery and birthing rooms in the 1970s and 1980s, they became progressively more involved in the birth experience and their influence over events expanded. With careful attention to power and privilege, Leavitt charts not only the increasing involvement of fathers, but also medical inequalities, the impact of race and class, and the evolution of hospital policies. Illustrated with more than seventy images from TV, films, and magazines, this book provides important new insights into childbirth in modern America, even as it reminds readers of their own experiences.

Author Biography

Judith Walzer Leavitt is Rupple Bascom and Ruth Bleier Professor of Medical History and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Men Matterp. 1
Alone Among Strangersp. 21
The Medicalization of Childbirth
Keeping Vigilp. 48
Fathers in Waiting Rooms
The Best Backrubberp. 86
Fathers Move into Labor Rooms
He Wants to Knowp. 120
Prenatal Education for Fathers
Peaceful and Confidentp. 156
Mothers and Fathers in Labor Rooms
Side By Sidep. 195
Men Move into Delivery Rooms
We Did Itp. 236
Together in Delivery and Birthing Rooms
Epilogue: Expectant Fathers' Expectationsp. 284
A Note on Sourcesp. 297
Notesp. 299
Acknowledgmentsp. 367
Indexp. 371
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