Lying-in : a history of childbirth in America /

This lively history of childbirth begins with colonial days, when childbirth was a social event, and moves on to the gradual medicalization of childbirth in America as doctors forced midwives out of business and to the home birth movement of the 1980s. Widely praised when it was first published in 1...

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Author / Creator:Wertz, Richard W.
Edition:Expanded ed.
Imprint:New Haven : Yale University Press, 1989.
Description:1 online resource (xviii, 322 pages) : illustrations
Language:English
Subject:Obstetrics -- United States -- History.
Childbirth -- United States -- History.
Obstetrics -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
Maternal health services -- United States -- History.
Delivery, Obstetric -- history.
Midwifery -- history.
Natural Childbirth -- history.
Obstetrics -- history.
Obstétrique -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
Accouchement -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
Obstétrique -- Aspect social -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
Mères -- Soins médicaux -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Pregnancy & Childbirth.
Childbirth.
Maternal health services.
Obstetrics.
Obstetrics -- Social aspects.
Geburtshilfe
Geschichte
Geburt
obstétrique -- Etats-Unis -- 17e s. -- 20e s. (2e moitié)
accouchement -- Etats-Unis -- 17e s. -- 20e s. (2e moitié)
United States.
United States.
USA.
Electronic books.
History.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11114879
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Other authors / contributors:Wertz, Dorothy C.
ISBN:0585388229
9780585388229
0300040873
9780300040876
0300040881
9780300040883
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 304-314).
English.
Print version record.
Summary:This lively history of childbirth begins with colonial days, when childbirth was a social event, and moves on to the gradual medicalization of childbirth in America as doctors forced midwives out of business and to the home birth movement of the 1980s. Widely praised when it was first published in 1977, the book has now been expanded to bring the story up to date. In a new chapter and epilogue, Richard and Dorothy Wertz discuss the recent focus on delivering perfect babies, with its emphasis on technology, prenatal testing, and Caesarean sections. They argue that there are many viable alternatives--including out of hospital births--in the search for the best birthing system.
Other form:Print version: Wertz, Richard W. Lying-in. Expanded ed. New Haven : Yale University Press, 1989 0300040873