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

4.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  82 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Paperback, 398 pages
Published 1977 by Bantam Books
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Penny O
Sep 03, 2014 Penny O rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oldie-but-goodie
This book blew my mind! It helped lead me to the path of home birth and natural birth. After I read it, I decided I did NOT want to be cut. Thus it began.

One might think this book is irrelevant now-a-days with all the birth centers, etc. but it is totally current. Hospitals have their agendas & reputations...do some research on your hospital and your OB/GYN before you choose.
Ruby
Aug 28, 2007 Ruby rated it it was amazing
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.
JoMama
Feb 21, 2011 JoMama rated it it was amazing
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.
Andrea
Nov 01, 2008 Andrea rated it it was amazing
This was pretty awedsome...it came out in the late 70's when women were looking for a change in choice in childbirth....a classic supporting midwives and homebirth
Scottie
Nov 23, 2009 Scottie rated it it was amazing
I read the original book in the late 70s and have skimmed the newer edition and love them both!
Deena Scintilla
May 20, 2009 Deena Scintilla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-health
Evidence-based book which is hard to read without an emotional response. (anger)
Mamagingi Corazon
the truth about birth in america. way before the movie- business of being born
Robin
Jul 31, 2011 Robin rated it liked it
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.
Leila
Oct 24, 2007 Leila rated it really liked it
Shelves: childbirth
I started reading this book but had to return it to the library. I want to finish the Saramago book I'm currently reading.
Heather
Jul 16, 2009 Heather marked it as to-read
Recommended to me by my mother-in-law. Will have to read it some day.
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