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The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy - by Lara Freidenfelds (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 256

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: Women

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Age Range: Adult

Author: Lara Freidenfelds

Language: English

TCIN: 79290690
UPC: 9780190869816
Item Number (DPCI): 247-25-3541

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"Viewing what used to be called 'lost' pregnancies with an understanding of the fullness of women's reproductive lives and desires, Freidenfelds delivers a powerful history. Her excellent book should be read by public health practitioners and their students for the information it delivers about the historical experience of pregnancy and miscarriage and for the insights it provides about the ways new media and new technologies shape the modern experience of miscarriage." -- Janet Golden, American Journal of Public Health


"This is a book filled with insights and with compassion. It is always pro-women, especially when analysing the politics of pro-choice and pro-life still highly influential in the United States. I found it inspiring and illuminating. It is often said that it is only possible tounderstand the present by studying the past and this book has certainly thrown more light on women's contemporary experiences of pregnancy and mothering than many I have read that relate only to the 21st century." -- Dr Mary Nolan, Departu


"This social and medical history of the role of miscarriage will be useful for people planning a family, women who have had a miscarriage, and gender studies students." -- Library Journal


"This lively and informative book is simultaneously an exploration of contemporary 'mommy blogs' and a deeply researched history of childbirth in America. By focusing on the history of miscarriage, it casts new light on almost every aspect of our modern reproductive system, from technological innovations like sonograms to the semantics of abortion debates. It is an innovative and powerful contribution to history and to present-day discourse on childbearing." -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, author of A Midwife's Tale


"Bravo! Freidenfelds has delivered a formidable and gripping account of pregnancy loss in America. She weaves the voices of women today and generations past with keen historical and scientific insights. The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy shines a much-needed light on miscarriage, a subject that has, until now, been hidden from both casual conversations and scholarly scrutiny." -- Randi Hutter Epstein, author of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank


"Freidenfelds captures the dramatic transformation of the ideal of pregnancy over the past two hundred years, from a normal, accepted part of a colonial woman's life to the highly monitored, commercialized, and emotional-laden experiences of 21st century women. With sensitivity and care she explores the experience of pregnancy loss, which remains a common yet rarely publicly discussed occurrence." -- Rima D. Apple, author of Perfect Motherhood: Science and Childrearing in America


"The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy offers far more than a meticulously researched historical perspective on reproductive health and parenting attitudes. It also provides critical insight to the present, with a lesson that much of childbearing and childrearing is out of our control, to expect and accept the ups and downs of life and the inevitable mistakes we will make as parents. Freidenfelds has used facts to illustrate how our perfectionist parenting standards came about, so that we may forgive ourselves our imperfections. This is a message many parents, myself included, need to hear and be reminded of. Freidenfelds' work can help shift the current culture of parenting, and we will all benefit." -- Monique Tello, MD, MPH, FACP, Massachusetts General Hospital


"[The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy] takes all of those truths and puts them in historical and contemporary context. The result is an important and fascinating book that... will resonate with, and maybe bring a measure of relief to, countless families." -- Heidi Stevens, The Chicago Tribune


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