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The American way of birth, Jessica Mitford

Label
The American way of birth
Title
The American way of birth
Statement of responsibility
Jessica Mitford
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Three decades ago, Jessica Mitford became famous when she introduced us to the idiosyncracies of American funeral rites in The American Way of Death. Now in a book as fresh, provocative, and fearless as anything else she has written, she shows us how and in what circumstances Americans give birth. At the start, she knew no more of the subject, and not less, than any mother does. Recalling her experiences in the 1930s and 1940s of giving birth - in London, in Washington
  • D.C., and in Oakland, California - she observes, "A curious amnesia takes over in which all memory of the discomforts you have endured is wiped out, and your determination never, ever to do that again fast fades." But then, years later in 1989 - when her own children were adults, and birth a subject of no special interest to her - she meet a young woman, a midwife in Northern California who was being harassed by government agents and the medical establishment. Her
  • Sympathies, along with her reportorial instincts, were immediately stirred. There was a story there that needed to be explored and revealed. Far more than she anticipated then, she was at the beginning of an investigation that would lead her over the next three years to the writing of this extraordinary book. This is not a book about the miracle of life. It is about the role of money and politics in a lucrative industry; a saga of champagne birthing suites for the rich
  • And desperate measures for the poor. It is a colorful history - from the torture and burning of midwives in medieval times, through the absurd pretensions of the modest Victorian age, to this century's vast succession of anaesthetic, technological, and "natural" birthing fashions. And it is a comprehensive indictment of the politics of birth and national health. Jessica Mitford explores conventional and alternative methods, and the costs of having a child. She gives
  • Flesh-and-blood meaning to the cold statistics. Daring to ask hard questions and skeptical of soft answers, her book is necessary reading for anyone contemplating childbirth, and for everyone fascinated by the follies of human activity. It may even bring about some salutary changes in the American way of birth
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1917-1996
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mitford, Jessica
Dewey number
392/.12
Index
index present
LC call number
GT2465.U6
LC item number
M58 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WQ 150 M679a 1992
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Umschulungswerkstätten für Siedler und Auswanderer
  • Birth customs
  • Childbirth
  • Natural childbirth
  • United States
  • Birth customs
  • Childbirth
  • Manners and customs
  • Natural childbirth
  • United States
  • Geboorte
  • Geburt
  • USA
  • Labor
  • Natural Childbirth
  • Obstetrics
  • Pregnancy
Label
The American way of birth, Jessica Mitford
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A William Abrahams book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- A glance backward -- Fashions in childbirth -- The impoverished way -- Obstetricians -- Electronic fetal monitors and ultrasound -- Forceps -- Cesareans -- In search of midwives -- Grannies -- Certified nurse-midwives -- The farm -- The childbearing center of Morris Heights -- Midwives under the gun -- Money and politics
Control code
ocm25631798
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 322 p.
Isbn
9780525935230
Lccn
92052875
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o25631798
  • (OCoLC)25631798
Label
The American way of birth, Jessica Mitford
Publication
Note
"A William Abrahams book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- A glance backward -- Fashions in childbirth -- The impoverished way -- Obstetricians -- Electronic fetal monitors and ultrasound -- Forceps -- Cesareans -- In search of midwives -- Grannies -- Certified nurse-midwives -- The farm -- The childbearing center of Morris Heights -- Midwives under the gun -- Money and politics
Control code
ocm25631798
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 322 p.
Isbn
9780525935230
Lccn
92052875
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o25631798
  • (OCoLC)25631798

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