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Pushed : The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780738211664

ISBN10:
0738211664
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
4/1/2008
Publisher(s):
DA CAPO PRESS INC
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Summary

A groundbreaking narrative investigation of childbirth in the age of machines, malpractice, and managed care,Pushedpresents 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.Pushedsurveys 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 theright to choosea 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.

Author Biography

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

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Preface to the Paperback Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Arranged Birthp. 1
The Short Cutp. 45
Denied Birthp. 73
Consequencesp. 109
Mothers' Helpersp. 149
Undergroundp. 177
Criminalizedp. 213
Rightsp. 249
Appendix Ap. 273
Appendix Bp. 277
Notesp. 279
Indexp. 301
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