The Control of Childbirth: Women Versus Medicine Through the Ages

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When childbirth moved from women's homes into hospitals, women lost more than they had bargained for. As the event became increasingly male-dominated and medically oriented, women's control of the experience all but vanished. Worse, recent clinical trials have demonstrated that most modern interventions and technological practices have not improved delivery outcomes and are not necessary in normal labor and birth.

From pre-classical to present times, this work describes childbirth practices as they have developed through the ages. The author describes and critiques the evolution of modern midwifery and obstetrics, focusing especially on how, why, and when the process of childbirth became an increasingly sterile, male-dominated, and medically oriented event.

Each chapter focuses on a different period, from the age of the female midwife (who oversaw the childbirth process for several centuries), through the origins of modern obstetrics and gynecology, and finally, to the increasing influence of technology in the practices that have prevailed for most of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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Phyllis L. Brodsky has been a nurse, hospital clinical educator, and university instructor. Also the author of articles and chapters in journals and manuals, she lives in Berlin, Maryland.

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"Recommended" --Choice

"How and why women became excluded from their own child-bearing experience and how this power can be regained. Readers get coverage of the centuries-long battles between midwives and physicians." --Library Journal

"Anyone who is teaching Childbirth classes to the public and those nurses who work labor and delivery need to read this book. The well researched history was excellent." --Linda Barnes, RN Educator

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