LYING IN A HISTORY OF CHILDBIRTH IN AMERICA EXPANDED EDITION

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Lying In

Author : Richard W. Wertz
ISBN : 0300040873
Genre : Health & Fitness
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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 1980's. 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. Review of the first edition: Highly readable, extensively documented, and well illustrated...A welcome addition to American social history and women's studies. It can also be read with profit by health planners, hospital administrators, 'consumers' of health care, and all those who are concerned with improving the circumstances associated with childbirth.-Claire Elizabeth Fox, bulletin of the History of Medicine A fascinating, brilliantly documented history not merely of childbirth, but of men's attitudes towards women, the effect of a burgeoning medical profession on our very conception of maternity and motherhood, and the influence of religion on medical technology and science.-Thomas J. Cottle, Boston Globe This superb book...is both an impeccably documented recitation of the chronological history of medical intervention in American childbirth and a sociological analysis of the various meanings given to childbirth by individuals, interested groups, and American society as a whole.-Barbara Howe, American Journal of Sociology
Category: Health & Fitness

Blessed Events

Author : Pamela Edith Klassen
ISBN : 0691087989
Genre : Health & Fitness
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Blessed Events explores how women who give birth at home use religion to make sense of their births and in turn draw on their birthing experiences to bring meaning to their lives and families. Pamela Klassen introduces a surprisingly diverse group of women, in their own words, while also setting their birth stories within wider social, political, and economic contexts. In doing so, she emerges with a study that disrupts conventional views of both childbirth and religion by blurring assumed divisions between conservative and feminist women and by taking childbirth seriously as a religious act. Most American women who have a choice give birth in a hospital and request pain medication. Yet enough women choose and advocate unmedicated home birth--and do so for carefully articulated reasons, social resistance among them--to constitute a movement. Klassen investigates why women whose religious affiliations range from Old Order Amish to Reform Judaism to goddess-centered spirituality defy majority opinion, the medical establishment, and sometimes the law to have their babies at home. In considering their interpretations--including their critiques of the dominant medical model of childbirth and their views on labor pain--she examines the kinds of agency afforded to or denied women as they derive religious meanings from childbirth. Throughout, she identifies tensions and affinities between feminist and traditionalist appraisals of the symbolic meaning of birth and the power of women. What does home birth--a woman-centered movement working to return birth to women's control--mean in practice for women's gender and religious identities? Is this supreme valuing of procreation and motherhood constraining, or does it open up new realms of cultural and social power for women? By asking these questions while remaining cognizant of religion's significance, Blessed Events challenges both feminist and traditionalist accounts of childbearing while broadening our understanding of how religion is ''lived'' in contemporary America.
Category: Health & Fitness

The Reader S Companion To U S Women S History

Author : Wilma Pearl Mankiller
ISBN : 0618001824
Genre : History
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Covers issues and events in women's history that were previously unpublished, misplaced, or forgotten, and provides new perspectives on each event
Category: History

A History Of Midwifery In The United States

Author : Dr. Joyce E. Thompson, DrPH, RN, CNM, FAAN, FACNM
ISBN : 9780826125385
Genre : Medical
File Size : 66.68 MB
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Written by two of the professionís most prominent midwifery leaders, this authoritative history of midwifery in the United States, from the 1600s to the present, is distinguished by its vast breadth and depth. The book spans the historical evolution of midwives as respected, autonomous health care workers and midwifery as a profession, and considers the strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities for this discipline as enduring motifs throughout the text. It surveys the roots of midwifery, the beginnings of professional practice, the founding of educational institutions and professional organizations, and entry pathways into the profession. Woven throughout the text are such themes as the close link between midwives and the communities in which they live, their view of pregnancy and birth as normal life events, their efforts to promote health and prevent illness, and their dedication to being with women wherever they may be and in whatever health condition and circumstances they may be in. The text examines the threats to midwifery past and present, such as the increasing medicalization of childbearing care, midwiferyís lack of a common identity based on education and practice standards, the mix of legal recognition, and reimbursement issues for midwifery practice. Illustrations and historical photos depict the many facets of midwifery, and engaging stories provide cultural and spiritual content. This is a ìmust-haveî for all midwives, historians, professional and educational institutions, and all those who share a passion for the history of midwifery and women. Key Features: Encompasses the most authoritative and comprehensive information available about the history of midwifery in the United States Considers the strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities for midwifery Illustrated with historical photos and drawings Includes engaging stories filled with cultural and spiritual content, introductory quotes to each chapter, and plentiful chapter notes Written by two preeminent leaders in the field of midwifery
Category: Medical

Family Centered Maternity Care

Author : Celeste R. Phillips
ISBN : 0763723606
Genre : Medical
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This Exciting New Book Provides Everything Nurses, Physicians, And Educators Need To Develop A Family-Centered Maternity Program In Their Practice Or Facility. It Offers A Complete Look At Family Centered Maternity Care (FCMC), Covering The History And Evolution, And Antepartum And Intrapartum Care For Normal And At-Risk Pregnancies.
Category: Medical

Introductory Maternity Nursing

Author : N. Jayne Klossner
ISBN : 0781762375
Genre : Medical
File Size : 74.1 MB
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This full-color LPN/LVN-level textbook presents maternity nursing using a nursing process framework. Throughout the text are features that help students develop critical thinking skills and apply content to practice—such as nursing procedures, nursing care plans, clinical pearls, patients' and caregivers' stories, critical thinking questions, cultural snapshots, family teaching tips, and over 200 illustrations. Each chapter is followed by an integrated study guide/workbook with NCLEX®-style questions, Critical Thinking: What Would You Do? scenarios including dosage calculations, and Study Activities including Internet activities. Introductory Maternity Nursing is an ideal complement to Hatfield, Broadribb's Introductory Pediatric Nursing, Sixth Edition. Instructors who prefer a combined maternity/pediatric text can use Klossner/Hatfield, Introductory Maternity and Pediatric Nursing.
Category: Medical

Genetics And Ethics In Global Perspective

Author : Dorothy C. Wertz
ISBN : 1402028806
Genre : Medical
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Dorothy Wertz and John Fletcher pioneered the first international study of ethical and social issues in genetics in 18 nations. This book reports and discusses their second and more representative study in 36 nations. The survey focused on actual situations that occur in the practice of medical genetics, presented as case vignettes that can also be used in teaching and policy discussion. Among the issues discussed are privacy, prenatal diagnosis, patient autonomy, directiveness in counseling, sex selection, forensic DNA banking, "genetic discrimination," and "eugenics". This is Dorothy Wertz's final book, as she died in April, 2003. It is a one of a kind cross-cultural study of complex ethical issues in the uses of genetic information. No one else has attempted to look at the international aspects of medical genetics on such a broad scale. The results provide a resource for discussion both within and among nations. Much bioethical and policy discussion now occurs in an information vacuum. The survey showed that what people would do, and their reasons for doing it, differed considerably from what ethicists think they "should" do. Many will be surprised at the results, especially in nations where bioethical discussion is just beginning. Genetics and Ethics in Global Perspective is of interest to medical geneticists, genetic counselors, social scientists and anthropologists who study cross-cultural issues, bioethicists and bioethics centers and health policy makers.
Category: Medical

Nursing Interventions Through Time

Author : Patricia D'Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN
ISBN : 9780826105783
Genre : Medical
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Named a 2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title! Designated a Doody's Core Title! "This is a must-read for nurses who are interested in where nursing has been and what nurses have done to get to the present day. " Score: 94, 4 stars --Doody's Nursing has a rich history that consistently informs contemporary practice and standards. This book, by examining pivotal historical interventions across the spectrum of clinical care, allows nurses of today to incorporate the wisdom of the past into their own daily work. Maternal-child health programs, palliative care, tuberculosis, medications, pediatric care, and diabetes care, and more are discussed. This invaluable resource documents how and why specific nursing interventions came about, what aspects of these interventions are utilized today and why, and how nurses of the past have addressed and solved the challenges of practice, from adapting to new technologies to managing the tension of the nurse-physician relationship. Learn how nurses of the past 150 years have combated the challenges of: Providing care to victims of pandemics, such as yellow fever, tuberculosis, and influenza Adapting to new medical practices and technologies throughout the 20th century Integrating cultural sensitivity into clinical care for special populations and underserved communities Bringing public health services to rural communities Fighting for public health policies that support hospice services in the United States
Category: Medical

Awhonn S Single Room Maternity Care

Author : Celeste R. Phillips
ISBN : 0781722330
Genre : Medical
File Size : 29.29 MB
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This text describes the key dimensions of the Phillips and Fenwick model of single room maternity care (SRMC), and helps providers implement it successfully. The model was designed to strengthen families and to reduce operating costs while enhancing patient, provider and family satisfaction. This volume explains: the philosophy that drives the SRMC, the elements necessary for its success; new elements that fit into the overall programme; and new clinical and interpersonal skills that practitioners need to implement such a programme. The appendices provide detailed information about numerous successful SRMC programmes across the country.
Category: Medical