Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2010 - Medical - 302 pages
Making and having babies—what it takes to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver—has mystified women and men for the whole of human history. The birth gurus of ancient times told newlyweds that simultaneous orgasms were necessary for conception and that during pregnancy a woman should drink red wine but not too much and have sex but not too frequently. Over the last one hundred years, depending on the latest prevailing advice, women have taken morphine, practiced Lamaze, relied on ultrasound images, sampled fertility drugs, and shopped at sperm banks.

In Get Me Out, the insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science, where audacious researchers have gone to extreme measures to get healthy babies out of mothers. Here is an entertaining must-read—and an enlightening celebration of human life.
 

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I wanted something other than what I got here. I found the editing abysmal and the anecdotes distracting. There wasn't enough meat, either. For example, in the chapter about the doctor who ... Read full review

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Dr. Epstein, an obstetrician/gynecologist, has written a well-researched book on the history of childbirth in America. She documents many milestones in OB/GYN across at least three centuries. A few ... Read full review

Contents

Birth from Antiquity through
3
Forceps Use from 1600s to 1800s
17
Slave Womens Contribution to Gynecology
35
Maternal Mortality into
51
New Yorks LyingIn and the Growth
63
Birth Is but a Sleep and Forgetting
78
From KitchenTable Surgery to the Art of
153
Freebirthers
169
Womb with a View
187
Sperm Shopping
203
The Big Chill
228
Epilogue
245
Acknowledgments
251
Notes
257
Bibliography
283
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Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., the author of Aroused and Get Me Out, is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a lecturer at Yale University, and writer in residence at Yale Medical School. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Psychology Today blog, among others. She lives in New York.

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