Pushed

Pushed

The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

Book - 2007
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In the United States, more than half the women who give birth are given drugs to induce or speed up labor; for nearly a third of mothers, childbirth is major surgery - the cesarean section. For women who want an alternative, choice is often unavailable: Midwives are sometimes 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? Since when is normal, physiological birth a crime?A groundbreaking journalistic narrative, Pushed presents the complete picture of maternity care in America. Crisscrossing the country to report what women really experience during childbirth, Jennifer Block witnessed several births - from a planned cesarean to an underground home birth. Against this backdrop, Block investigates whether routine C-sections, inductions, and epidurals equal medical progress. She examines childbirth as a reproductive rights issue: Do women have the right to an optimal birth experience? If so, is that right being upheld? Block's research and experience reveal in vivid detail that while emergency obstetric care is essential, there is compelling evidence that we are overusing medical technology at the expense of maternal and infant health: Either women's bodies are failing, or the system is failing women.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Lifelong , 2007
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780738210735
Branch Call Number: ANF 618.4 BLO
Characteristics: xix, 316 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Feb 20, 2015

Excellent description of the realities and history of the highly medicalized progression of maternity care. If you are thinking of having a baby read this first! Although this is primarily about the US, perhaps the book will militarize and/or inform you before an abusive birth experience does it for you... Best wishes to the planet

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