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The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy: A History of Miscarriage in America
When a couple plans for a child today, every moment seems precious and unique. Home pregnancy tests promise good news just days after conception, and prospective parents can track the progress of their pregnancy day by day with apps that deliver a stream of embryonic portraits. On-line due date calculators trigger a direct-marketing barrage of baby-name lists and diaper ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 2nd 2020 by Oxford University Press
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Jan 10, 2020 Catherine rated it really liked it
Everything we think we know about how to be pregnant is a construction - and Lara Freidenfelds carefully details how and when that construction came to be, and how medical professionals and marketing corporations have sold women blame and responsibility for things beyond their control in this fascinating book. Feridenfelds charts the ways in which the deep grief that people who are pregnant feel when they lose a pregnancy is deeply shaped by constructions of "baby" and parenthood (especially ...more