Immaculate Deception: A New Look at Women and Childbirth in America

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9780395199732: Immaculate Deception: A New Look at Women and Childbirth in America

What is the deception? That birth is dangerous, risky, painful and terrifying. That birth in the American hospital is safe, quick and easy. That medical interference can "improve' the birth process with technology and drugs. That obstetricians know more about birth that women. That midwives are harmful to the birth process. That home birth is dangerous. That "natural birth" actually exists in the American hospital. That women in America have a choice in the method and place of birth. That modern woman can not give birth as naturally or matter-of-factly as her primitive sister, that she cannot endure pain, cannot overcome fear, cannot participate in the one process that has always been inherently and exclusively her own- the birth of her child.

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The book can be a little over dramatic, but the author is trying to make a strong point. I think being a little over dramatic is necessary when she only has our attention for the short time it takes to read the book, yet she is trying to correct a message that society has pounded into our heads for our whole lives. It's a lot to undo in a short period of time. I've read some reviews that say the book is anti-Christian. I don't necessarily agree. It's true you can tell the author is not fond of the religion (or at least how most people practice it), but I'm Christian and I wasn't offended. If you are sensitive about your faith you aren't going to like the book, but if you can take things with a grain of salt you should be okay. This is not a book for those Christian women who believe women should be submissive and stay quiet and stay in their place. It's a book for strong women who think for themselves, and who realize that Christianity (and the medical community) may not have always served our interests as well as they should have. To me, it was more of a commentary about the people who practice religion/medicine rather than the legitimacy of either. I thought it was an outstanding book. So five stars *****. 5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read! --Average Gal- Amazon July 26, 2008

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