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Immaculate deception: A new look at women and childbirth in America

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Paperback, 398 pages
Published 1977 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1975)
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i only read the first chapter of this book. it seems a passionate, clear, and compelling apology for our being misled into fearing childbirth. i want it to be. wouldn't it be nice to not fear childbirth?!

it's historical and political, but in being so seems quite practical to the purpose of dispelling useless and/or destructive fears.
One of the first books I read years ago in my childbirth studies. Not an easy read, but oh so interesting. Times have changed in many ways, but also reverted in many ways too. The over medicalization of childbirth and treating women as sick patients still exists.
This classic looks into the birthing industry and the ways in politics and the medical model play into the decisions that are made during birth. Even though the information wasn't new, this book made me so mad that I couldn't finish it.
This was pretty came out in the late 70's when women were looking for a change in choice in childbirth....a classic supporting midwives and homebirth
I started reading this book but had to return it to the library. I want to finish the Saramago book I'm currently reading.
I read the original book in the late 70s and have skimmed the newer edition and love them both!
Deena Scintilla
Evidence-based book which is hard to read without an emotional response. (anger)
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Recommended to me by my mother-in-law. Will have to read it some day.
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