The American Way of BirthPaperback - 1993
This provocative book shows how and in what circumstances Americans give birth. It is not about the miracle of life, but about the role of money and politics in a lucrative industry; a saga of champagne birthing suites for the rich, and desperate measures for the poor. It is a colorful history -- from the torture and burning of midwives in medieval times, through the absurd pretensions of the modest Victorian age, to this century's vast succession of anesthetic, technological, and "natural" birthing fashions. And it is a comprehensive indictment of the politics of birth and national health. Explores conventional and alternative methods.
Publisher: New York : Plume, c1993.
Characteristics: x, 336 pages ;,21 cm.