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Pushed : The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care (Reprint) (Paperback) (Jennifer
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A groundbreaking narrative investigation of childbirth in the age of machines, malpractice, and managed care, Pushed presents the complete picture of maternity care in America. From inside the operating room of a hospital with a 44% Cesarean rate to the living room floor of a woman who gives birth with an illegal midwife, Block exposes a system in which few women have an optimal experience. Pushed surveys the public health impact of routine labor inductions, C-sections, and epidurals, but also examines childbirth as a women’s rights issue: Do women even have the right to choose a normal birth? Is that right being upheld? A wake-up call for our times, Block’s gripping research reveals that while emergency obstetric care is essential, we are overusing medical technology at the expense of maternal and infant health.
An in-depth look at the medical care legislated and received by women giving birth in the United States explores the use of drugs to induce or prevent labor, the increasing trend toward cesarean sections, and women's right to choose the place and manner of birth. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
Number of Pages: 316
Genre: Health + Wellness
Sub-Genre: Pregnancy + Childbirth
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Author: Jennifer Block
Street Date: April 7, 2008
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-5127