- Childbirth -- Cross-cultural studies.
- Birth customs
- Childbirth -- Psychological aspects
- Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann,
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Giving Birth For human beings birth is never simply a matter of the shape of the pelvis and the size and presentation of the fetus. It is not just a bio-mechanical process. Like sex, it is to do with what is going on in our minds. The brain is the most important sexual organ. It is important in birth, too. This does not mean that all a woman need do is to have positive thoughts. Everything depends also on what is going on in the minds of professionals assisting the birth, the way it is conducted, and the relationships between those involved. Every society has its own birth culture. In the west - and increasingly in the developing world - this is medical and technocratic. Birth Education: From Pedagogy to Politics Preparation for birth first started in the 1960s in Britain as a personal discipline and training for expectant mothers, most of them middle class and educated, so that they could be fearless, relaxed and serene in childbirth. They were also expected to be "good patients" who co-operated well with those caring for them. Birth organisations were careful not to anger health professionals. Now these consumer organisations are challenging the medical system and seeking change at a political level. They are working with mothers, care-providers and Government so that the system can better serve women and families, including the most disadvantaged. The Language of Birth Medicine has constructed a language for women's body parts and the processes of birth, ranging from the 'three trimesters' of pregnancy to the 'three stages of labour', and often attaching obstetrician's names to female organs and physiological events. This language gives us clues to how obstetricians perceive women patients, define normality and deviations from the normal, and strive to achieve control over birth. Choice Women only have real choices when they are fully informed in language that has meaning for them, understand likely side-effects of both their own a.
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