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Looking at the history of induction and speeding up of labour can give us some
idea of what women have suffered at the hands of those obstetricians who treat
the uterus as a fascinating thing to play with rather than part of a woman.
One problem with the modern method of induction of labour by ultravenous
infusion of oxytocin is that unless the dosage is very carefully regulated the
woman's uterus can go into a state of hypertonic spasm. This spasm results in a
more likely to have low Apgar scares after delivery and to be admitted to special
care baby units if oxytocin had been used to induce labour.33 Even if all is well at
delivery induced babies have a greater tendency to develop jaundice33 and ...
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A leading social anthropologist examines what being a mother means to a woman as a person, using examples from societies all over the world, and concludes that a great deal of what we call "maternal ... Read full review
Mothercraft or Motherhood ?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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