Birth as an American Rite of Passage: Second Edition, With a New Preface (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Feb 14, 2004 - Social Science - 424 pages
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Why do so many American women allow themselves to become enmeshed in the standardized routines of technocratic childbirth--routines that can be insensitive, unnecessary, and even unhealthy? Anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd first addressed these questions in the 1992 edition. Her new preface to this 2003 edition of a book that has been read, applauded, and loved by women all over the world, makes it clear that the issues surrounding childbirth remain as controversial as ever.
  

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User Review  - AmeKole - LibraryThing

This is an excellent book that discussed childbirth in America. It should be a must read for all pregnant women. I really enjoyed this book, found it very readable for the non-professional, but also highly informative. It will change the way you think about childbirth forever. Read full review

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User Review  - Marla - Goodreads

I read this as part of my training to become certified as a birth doula. An anthropological study of the "routine" practices of obstetrics today, how they came into play, and why women tend to go ... Read full review

Contents

Birth as a Rite of Passage
1
The Stages of the PregnancyChildbirth Rite of Passage
22
Past and Present
44
3 Birth Messages
73
The Technocratic Wholistic and Natural Models
154
The Spectrum of Response
187
The Reinterpretation of the Childbirth Experience
241
7 Obstetric Training as a Rite of Passage
252
8 The Computerized Birth? Some Ritual and Political Implications for the Future
281
9 Or Birth as the Biodance?
292
Conclusion
305
Appendices
309
Notes
317
References
331
Index
369
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About the author (2004)

Robbie Davis-Floyd is Senior Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin and is coeditor of Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (California, 1997).

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