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Birth Alternatives

How Women Select Childbirth Care (Contributions in Sociology)

By Sandra Howell-White

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Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 30 March 1999
A woman's childbirth care choices have a profound effect on her pregnancy and childbirth experience. Today, some pregnant women have three different options to choose from: obstetrical care and a hospital birth, a midwife-assisted birth in a hospital, and a midwife-assisted birth at an out-of-hospital birthing center. By using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods, this volume examines how and why 200 women made their choices, how satisfied they were with the care they received, and the impact of their choices on the availability of options in the future. Although most women in the U.S. still choose an obstetrician and a hospital setting, the number of women who choose to be assisted by a Certified Nurse Midwife is growing, with the result that this profession is acquiring new strength and jurisdiction over childbirth care.

Table of Contents

The Importance of Choice Conception Prenatal Care The Traditional Birth The "Natural" Birth The Great Compromise After the Birth Bibliography

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Focuses on the importance of women's childbirth care choices and on the effects of such choices on their pregnancy and birth experiences.

About the Author

SANDRA HOWELL-WHITE is a Senior Research Associate at the Peer Review Organization of New Jersey, where she examines quality of care issues for women, children, and special needs populations./e A sociologist by training, she has published several journal articles on pregnancy, childbirth care, and mental health and illness.


?Birth Alternatives is a good book for anyone interested in the medicalization of childbirth, the social construction of illness, and measuring the expectations of helping behaviors.?-Health, Illness, and Medicine

EAN: 9780313299520
ISBN: 0313299528
Publisher: Greenwood Press
Dimensions: 23.11 x 15.09 x 1.96 centimetres (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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