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In Labor by Barbara Katz Rothman
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May 17, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: women-gender-sexuality
Recommended for: couples who are expecting or TTC
Read in May, 2007

A comprehensive introductory work on the medicalization of childbirth in America. Rothman occasionally overstates her case, but she convincingly argues that hospital births in the U.S. are characterized by over-medicalization, routine and unnecessary technological interventions, inadequate attention to and support for the laboring mother, and a dramatic imbalance of power in favor of doctors (as opposed to mothers). In short, pregnancy and childbirth are treated by medical professionals as a disease and a medical emergency, respectively. Definitely worth a read for couples who are expecting.
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