Publisher description for Birth as an American rite of passage / Robbie E. Davis-Floyd.


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Counter Why do so many American women allow themselves to become enmeshed in the standardized routines of technocratic childbirth--routines that can be insensitive, unnecessary, and even unhealthy? And why, in spite of the natural childbirth movement, has hospital birth become even more intensely technologized? Robbie Davis-Floyd argues that these obstetrical procedures are rituals that reflect a cultural belief in the superiority of science over nature. Her interviews with 100 mothers and many health care professionals reveal in detail both the trauma and the satisfaction women derive from childbirth. She also calls for greater cultural and medical tolerance of the alternative beliefs of women who choose to birth at home.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Childbirth Social aspects United States, Childbirth United States Psychological aspects, Rites and ceremonies United States, Holistic Health, Labor, Pregnancy