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Old 09-17-2008, 11:46 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Control of Childbirth: Women versus Medicine the Ages

Author, Phyllis Brodsky, talks about her new book which examines
early childbirth practices through present day methods.

Thurs., September 25 at 6 pm

Product Description
When childbirth moved from women s homes into hospitals, women lost
more than they had bargained for. As the event became increasingly
male-dominated and medically oriented, women s control of the
experience all but vanished. Worse, recent clinical trials have
demonstrated that most modern interventions and technological
practices have not improved delivery outcomes and are not necessary
in normal labor and birth. From pre-classical to present times, this
work describes childbirth practices as they have developed through
the ages. The author describes and critiques the evolution of modern
midwifery and obstetrics, focusing especially on how, why, and when
the process of childbirth became an increasingly sterile, male-
dominated, and medically oriented event. Each chapter focuses on a
different period, from the age of the female midwife (who oversaw
the childbirth process for several centuries), through the origins
of modern obstetrics and gynecology, and finally, to the increasing
influence of technology in the practices that have prevailed for
most of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

About the Author
Phyllis L. Brodsky has been a nurse, hospital clinical educator, and
university instructor. Also the author of articles and chapters in
journals and manuals, she lives in Berlin, Maryland.

http://www.amazon.com/CONTROL-CHILDB...hers-Medicine-
Through/dp/0786433620/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221596890&sr=8-
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Wow! Sounds great. Especially nice to see someting like this in our area. Too bad I'll be out of town that day.
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Wow! Sounds great. Especially nice to see someting like this in our area. Too bad I'll be out of town that day.
IKWYM! When I saw this advertised at the library, I had to do a double-take. Natural childbirth? Author? Berlin? NO WAY!!!

I'm going to check it out. If she's good maybe a second book discussion at the Go Green Baby shop?? I'll warn you that the book is CRAZY expensive ($35 paperback!). I have a hold on it from the library though so I'll be reading it next month.
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