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The seventh century Archbishop Theodore of Canterbury proclaimed that a newly
delivered woman must be isolated for 40 days till clean , and that if any women
went into a church while menstruating she had to fast for three weeks .
She knew about modern methods of obstetric intervention , but explained that if
labour is prolonged , one should deliver a child by smearing one ' s hand with
bone marrow and helping the baby ' get through the road that is closed ' .
A much more likely problem is that the baby will have to be delivered by forceps ,
and in most maternity units where elective epidurals are available the forceps
rate has shot up . In one London teaching hospital epidurals have increased from
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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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Ethics and Human Reproduction: A Feminist Analysis
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Don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationship
Paula J. Caplan
Snippet view - 1989