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A user-friendly sociological overview of the philosophy and practice of doulas in the U.S., illuminated by real-life stories, for a wide audience ranging from current and aspiring birth professionals, reproductive scholars and students in a variety of academic disciplines as well as a unique resource for pregnant women contemplating childbirth.
Paperback, 394 pages
Published 2014 by Praeclarus Press
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Fascinating read. Loved to be able to read a sociological study into doula support. Downsides for me was that it was completely uS based and of course the system in Europe is different with Midwives playing a stronger role, and that all the doula research was with DONA doulas. Would have liked to see other doulas from other trainings included (the author gives her reasons but for me it meant the book was lacking). Still overall a fascinating read for anyone interested in this topic and the autho ...more
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Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Morton and Clift explore the unique profession of a doula. After a brief historical look, they turn to a careful study maturnity health care in the US and the place of a doula working with mothers within modern medicine.

If you are interest in the work of doulas, maturnal healt care in the US, or preparing for childbirth, you don't want to miss "Birth Ambassadors."

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Christine H. Morton, PhD is a medical sociologist whose research has focused on women’s reproductive experiences and maternity care roles. Since 2008, she has been at Stanford University’s California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, focusing on maternal mortality and morbidity and maternal quality improvement.

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