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This has not occurred by accident, but as a direct consequence of the
development of male-oriented obstetrics. In Suzanne Arms's words, The history of
childbirth can be viewed as a gradual attempt by man to extricate the process of
birth from ...
In East Germany gynaecology and obstetrics are harnessed to the services of a
Communist state. (My research in East Germany was undertaken in 1965, so that
the material presented here is largely historical.) Education for childbirth is ...
But even though a minority of mothers and babies benefit from the sequence of
events which starts with induction, continues with obstetric intervention, and
culminates with the baby in the intensive care unit, it is questionable whether this
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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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