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Lying-In by Richard W. Wertz
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Jan 03, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: childbirth, history, women

What other book is there like this one? I don't know of any scholarly books objectively analyzing the history of childbirth in American from colonial times to the present. Especially valuable is the chapter on twilight sleep and its feminist foundations. Any birth professional or paraprofessional should read this and KNOW it.

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Brittany Batong If you liked this book, you may want to read "Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America 1750 to 1950" by Judith Walzer Leavitt; or "Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born" by Tina Cassidy. The latter is less objective, but does provide information on some of the more current trends in childbirth.

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