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Birthing Autonomy

Author : Nadine Edwards
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Birthing Autonomy brings some balance to the difficult arguments that arise from debates about home births, and focuses on women’s views and their experiences of planning home births. It provides an in-depth exploration of how women make decisions about home births and what aspects matter most to them. Comparing how differently the pros and cons of home births are constructed and contemplated by mothers and by the medical profession, the book looks at how current obstetric thinking and practices can disempower and harm women emotionally and spiritually as well as physically. Written in an accessible style, this book is enlightening for student and practicing midwives and obstetricians, as well as researchers and students of nursing, medical sociology, health studies, gender studies, feminist practitioners and theorists. It will also be invaluable to expectant mothers who want to be more informed about the choices they are facing and the wider context within which their birth options are considered.

Women s Experiences of Planning Home Births in Scotland

Author : Nadine Pilley Edwards
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The Positive Birth Book

Author : Milli Hill
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Work out what kind of birth you really want, and learn how to maximise your chances of getting it, in this refreshing, warm and witty guide to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks. Packed with vital and cutting-edge information on everything from building the ultimate birth plan, to your choices and rights in the birth room; from optimal cord clamping, to seeding the microbiome; from the inside track on breastfeeding, to woman-centred caesarean, The Positive Birth Book shows you how to have the best possible birth, regardless of whether you plan to have your baby in hospital, in the birth centre, at home or by elective caesarean. Find out how the environment you give birth in, your mindset and your expectations can influence the kind of birth you have, and be inspired by the voices of real women, who tell you the truth about what giving birth really feels like. Challenging negativity and fear of childbirth, and brimming with everything you need to know about labour, birth, and the early days of parenting, The Positive Birth Book is the must-have birth book for women of the 21st century.

Living Incubators

Author : Meanie Jo DeMaeyer
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In this thesis I evaluate the medicalization of birthing bodies through the use of reproductive technologies. This thesis argues that the best solution for ensuring the bodily integrity and autonomy of pregnant and birthing people is through midwife-assisted births. Midwifery provides a compelling opportunity to subvert and challenge the medical-industrial complex and its invasive reproductive technologies, which extend beyond the hospital to promote socio-political and cultural ideologies surrounding the bodies of pregnant women and other pregnant subjects. I argue that elements of a do-it-yourself (DIY) feminist consciousness present in the practice of midwifery makes midwives uniquely positioned to encourage and sustain ethical embodied communities. Within these communities pregnant and birthing people are provided opportunities for autonomy, and, thus, midwives and the choice to employ them play a vital role in the establishment of reproductive justice for all.

RCM Midwives

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Shared Decision Making In Maternity Care

Author : Greg Angers
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This book is great for mothers and providers alike. It shows how they can work together to provide an empowering pregnancy and birth experience. In this birth stories book, you will discover: THE QUEST - Shared Decision Making GUIDED DISCOVERY - Planning Your Birth Journey THE JOURNEY - Understanding Dates THE DETOUR - Ultrasounds THE DELIVERY - Birthplaces Bring Birth Back - FAQs If you're a first time mother or a mother that desires to have a healing birthing experience, this book is for you! Simply scroll up & Click the "Buy now with 1-Click" button for an immediate download!

Women s Birthing Bodies and the Law

Author : Camilla Pickles
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This is the first book to unpack the legal and ethical issues surrounding unauthorised intimate examinations during labour. The book uses feminist, socio-legal and philosophical tools to explore the issues of power, vulnerability and autonomy. The collection challenges the perception that the law adequately addresses different manifestations of unauthorised medical touch through the lens of women's experiences of unauthorised vaginal examinations during labour. The book unearths several broader themes that are of huge significance to lawyers and healthcare professionals such as the legal status of women and their bodies. The book raises questions about women's experiences during childbirth in hospital settings. It explores the status of women's bodies during labour and childbirth where too easily they become objectified, and it raises important issues around consent. The book highlights links to the law on sexual offences and women's loss of power under the medical gaze. Women's Birthing Bodies and the Law includes contributions from leading feminist philosophers, healthcare professionals, and academics in healthcare and law, and offers pioneering analysis relevant to lawyers and healthcare professionals with an interest in medical law and ethics; feminist theory; criminal law; tort law; and human rights law.

Born in the USA

Author : Marsden Wagner
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Born in the USA examines issues including midwifery and the safety of out-of-hospital birth, how the process of becoming a doctor can adversely affect both practitioners and their patients, and why there has been a rise in the use of risky but doctor-friendly interventions, including the use of Cytotec, a drug that has not been approved by the FDA for pregnant women. Most importantly, this investigation, supported by many troubling personal stories, explores how women can reclaim the childbirth experience for the betterment of themselves and their children."--Jacket.

The American Way of Birth

Author : Pamela Eakins
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Rebozo Handbook

Author : Brittany Chavez
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This is a valuable handguide for any birth attendant, with over 35 color pictures. A wonderful reference for labor support with traditional rebozo; And is a helpful resource for demonstrating support techniques for clients. This book can be used for childbirth education, or as a quick reference during labor. Read about the history and origins of rebozo. Discover the importance of the Psoas Muscle, and how to effectively push during birth. Master laboring and pushing positions to help your clients birth with comfort and ease. A must have addition to any doula or midwife library. This is an easy-to-use study guide that will help you grasp the indigenous wisdom and versatility that the rebozo offers us during labor. In recent years there has been a rebozo buzz brewing in the birthing community. Midwives and Doulas everywhere are working hard to increase their knowledge and skills while passionately supporting the women and people in their community, in autonomy, power, and respect. But has indigenous wisdom been lost? Or worse, appropriated and stolen? For thousands of years, the business of birth support was left to wise women, and grannies. Have we lost a piece of our autonomy and birthing knowledge by "legitimizing" education, certifying birth workers, and ignoring the voices of the indigenous matriarchs who came before us?

The Virtues of Vulnerability

Author : Sara Rushing
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"There are many locations, relationships and experiences through which we learn what it means to be a citizen. Contemporary healthcare - or "the clinic" - is one of those sites. Being drawn into the complex "medical-legal-policy-insurance nexus" as a patient entails all sorts of learning, including, it is argued here, political learning. When we are subjected as a patient, frequently through a discourse of "choice and control," or "patient autonomy," what do we learn? What happens when the promise of a certain kind of autonomy is accompanied by demands for a certain kind of humility? What do we learn about agency and self-determination, as well as trust, self-knowledge, dependence, and resistance under such conditions of acute vulnerability? This book explores these questions on a journey through medicalized encounters with giving birth, navigating death and dying, and seeking treatment for life-altering mental illness (here PTSD among veterans). While the body has always posed a problem for Western thought, and been treated as an obstacle to freedom and independence and something our rational capacity must master and control, this book aims to counter that intellectual-historical and political tendency by asking how might we reimagine the political potential of embodiment, or make space for considering "the virtues of vulnerability." In particular, the book offers a novel conception of democratic citizen-subjectivity, grounded in an ethical disposition of humility-informed-relational-autonomy"--

Birthing a Movement

Author : Renée Ann Cramer
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Rich, personal stories shed light on midwives at the frontier of women's reproductive rights. Midwives in the United States live and work in a complex regulatory environment that is a direct result of state and medical intervention into women's reproductive capacity. In Birthing a Movement, Renée Ann Cramer draws on over a decade of ethnographic and archival research to examine the interactions of law, politics, and activism surrounding midwifery care. Framed by gripping narratives from midwives across the country, she parses out the often-paradoxical priorities with which they must engage—seeking formal professionalization, advocating for reproductive justice, and resisting state-centered approaches. Currently, professional midwives are legal and regulated in their practice in 32 states and illegal in eight, where their practice could bring felony convictions and penalties that include imprisonment. In the remaining ten states, Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) are unregulated, but nominally legal. By studying states where CPMs have differing legal statuses, Cramer makes the case that midwives and their clients engage in various forms of mobilization—at times simultaneous, and at times inconsistent—to facilitate access to care, autonomy in childbirth, and the articulation of women's authority in reproduction. This book brings together literatures not frequently in conversation with one another, on regulation, mobilization, health policy, and gender, offering a multifaceted view of the experiences and politics of American midwifery, and promising rich insights to a wide array of scholars, activists, healthcare professionals alike.

Taking Sides

Author : Diana S. DelCampo
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Presents opposing viewpoints on seventeen controversial issues related to childhood and society, covering infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.

Autonomy and Pregnancy

Author : Samantha Halliday
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Technology has come to dominate the modern experience of pregnancy and childbirth, but instead of empowering pregnant women, technology has been used to identify the foetus as a second patient characterised as a distinct entity with its own needs and interests. Often, foetal and the woman’s interests will be aligned, though in legal and medical discourses the two ‘patients’ are frequently framed as antagonists with conflicting interests. This book focuses upon the permissibility of encroachment on the pregnant woman’s autonomy in the interests of the foetus. Drawing on the law in England & Wales, the United States of America and Germany, Samantha Halliday focuses on the tension between a pregnant woman’s autonomy and medical actions taken to protect the foetus, addressing circumstances in which courts have declared medical treatment lawful in the face of the pregnant woman’s refusal of consent. As a work which calls into question the understanding of autonomy in prenatal medical care, this book will be of great use and interest to students, researchers and practitioners in medical law, comparative law, bioethics, and human rights.

The Power of Women the Work of Reproduction and Class Struggle

Author : Shanti Nina Daellenbach
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The thesis examines the gendered work of social reproduction and mothering as a site of revolutionary struggle. Drawing on immersive participation fieldwork in three sites across Aotearoa/New Zealand, it examines the status of the gender division of labour and maternal reproductive work in the context of contemporary finance capital that is deeply gendered and racialised. Finance capital relies upon and fears the maternal figure and on this basis employs counterrevolutionary tactics of enclosure and control to secure gendered reproductive work as work for finance capital. The research builds on a Marxist feminist approach to doing research from below. Participant research was carried out with the New Zealand College of Midwives, Auckland Action Against Poverty and the Westpac Massey Financial Education Centre. The findings contribute a new perspective to scholarship on midwifery and birthing autonomy, benefit rights activism and financial capability initiatives as sites of feminist struggle. The thesis makes important contributions to feminist theory. It develops the feminist autonomist concept of the power of women as a theoretical viewpoint from which to think and plan revolutionary strategy. In bringing feminist autonomism into conversation with critiques of finance capital and the financialisation of reproduction, it demonstrates the continued salience of this work. It further argues for the expansion of the strategy of refusal to include the refusal of reproductive work as financial work today. Bringing feminist autonomism into conversation with mana wahine scholarship and feminist theories of maternity, the thesis begins to lay the groundwork for thinking class consciousness and social organisation beyond patriarchal colonial finance capital. It elaborates a theory of the maternal relation as premised on mutuality and cooperation and as primary to human sociality. Recognising, valorising and generalising a collective approach to maternity, birth, breastfeeding, childrearing and care that distributes this work within a commons of care, is the precondition for reorienting society towards collective social reproduction, that is autonomous from both the capitalist wage relation and the patriarchal family form. Thus, the thesis articulates a revolutionary theory of the maternal relation as the possibility for a feminist communist horizon.

The Politics of Women s Health

Author : Susan Sherwin
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Examines the real world of women's health status and health-care delivery in different countries, and the assumptions behind the dominant medical model of solving problems without regard to social conditions. This book asks what feminist health-care ethics looks like if we start with women's experiences and concerns.

Birth of a Nation

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Push Back

Author : Amy Tuteur, M.D.
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A Harvard-trained obstetrician-gynecologist, prominent blogger, and author of the classic How Your Baby Is Born delivers a timely, important, and sure to be headline-making expose that shines a light on the natural parenting movement and the multimillion-dollar industry behind it. The natural parenting movement praises the virtues of birth without medical interference, staunchly advocates breastfeeding for all mothers, and hails attachment parenting. Once the exclusive province of the alternative lifestyle, natural parenting has gone mainstream, becoming a lucrative big business today. But those who do not subscribe to this method are often made to feel as if they are doing their children harm. Dr. Amy Tuteur understands their apprehensions. “Parenting quickly feels synonymous with guilt. And of late, there is no bigger arena for this pervasive guilt than childbirth.” As a medical professional with a long career in obstetrics and gynecology and as the mother of four children, Tuteur is no stranger to the insurmountable pressures and subsequent feelings of blame and self-condemnation that mothers experience during their children’s early years. The natural parenting movement, she contends, is not helping them raise their children better. Instead, it capitalizes on their uncertainty, manipulating parents when they are most vulnerable. In Push Back, she chronicles the movement’s history from its roots to its modern practices, incorporating her own experiences as a mother and successful OB-GYN with original research on the latest in childbirth science. She also reveals the dangerous and overtly misogynistic motives of some of its proponents—conservative men who sought to limit women’s control and autonomy. As she debunks, one by one, the guilt-inducing myths of natural birth and parenting, Dr. Tuteur empowers women to embrace the method of childbirth that is right for them, while reassuring all parents that the most important thing they can do is love and care for their children.

Birth to Old Age

Author : Basiro Davey
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But how much of this trajectory is enforced by society rather than by physical and mental development and decline?

Medicalisation and Maternal Subjectivities in the Spaces of Birth

Author : Myrto Chronaki
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This book investigates the ways in which the physical and symbolic terrains of birth sites interact with the processes of birth and its management. It explores how particular societal beliefs around science and technology, nature, reproduction and gender roles are expressed, established and reproduced in the two maternity clinics and at home births in a provincial town of central Greece. The effects of this interaction of social practices with space on the experience of childbirth and women's birthing and maternal subjectivities form the main subject of the research project. Further, by exploring recent trends for change towards the de-medicalisation of maternity services, the study aims to contribute to the definition of new places and models of birth care that can support women's initiatives and autonomy at birth. The interaction of social processes with spatial conditions is also explored in relation to breastfeeding, the first stage of mothering after the baby's birth.