According to writer and editor Block (Our Bodies, Ourselves), "the United States has the most intense and widespread medical management of birth" in the world, and yet "ranks near the bottom among industrialized countries in maternal and infant mortality." Block shows how, in transforming childbirth into a business, hospitals have turned "procedures and devices developed for the treatment of abnormality" into routine practice, performed for no reason than "speeding up and ordering an unpredictable...process"; for instance, the U.S. cesarean section rate tripled in the 1970s, and has doubled since then. Block looks into a growing contingent of parents-to-be exploring alternatives to the hospital-and the attendant likelihood of medical intervention-by seeking out birthing centers and options for home-birth. Unfortunately, obstacles to these alternatives remain considerable-laws across the U.S. criminalizing or severely restricting the practice of midwifery have led the trained care providers to practice underground in many states-while tort reform has done next to nothing to lower malpractice insurance rates or improve hospital birthing policies. This provocative, highly readable expose raises questions of great consequence for anyone planning to have a baby in U.S., as well as those interested or involved in women's health care.
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"A gripping expose... Provocative and hotly controversial analysis of a side of reproductive rights feminism seems to have forgot." -- Kirkus Reviews, (Starred Review) 5/15/07
"A stirring discussion of reproductive rights, informed consent, and the rights of the mother vs. the fetus... Recommended." -- Library Journal, 5/15/07
"The book is loaded with interviews, statistics and...some quietly deft storytelling." -- Chicago Reader, 6/29/07
"This is a worthwhile book for anyone who cares about reforming our health-care system--right from the start." -- Kansas City Star, 10/02/07
"[Block] really gets that maternity care is a woman's issue that all people should care about, not just mothers, and she has no agenda through a birth experience or professional work in maternity care. Pushed shines a spotlight on maternity care and asks important questions about the standard practices in America." -- BOLD Book Club, October 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Awesome book! I read it twice. Great to lend to my doula clients. Goes over much of the politics of birth in the US. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by tomgirl
I found this book to be very interesting and informative on the issues that women face when giving birth in the United States - particularly in hospitals. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by F.S.A.
It's an interesting book, but outdated now. It was published in 2007 using stats from previous years and decades. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SLBoston
This book should be required reading for soon to be moms! Every woman has right to be educated, but we must educate ourselves. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Breck
Great book! Read AFTER giving birth, or if its not your first rodeo.Published 7 months ago by Xiaan
Very informative. I would recommend to anyone pregnant or planning on getting pregnant. Do your research, ladies!Published 8 months ago by Katelyn Chandler
First of all, I am pregnant with my fifth baby, am a nursing student, and live in a community where many woman have 10+ babies. I am not new to birth or books on birth. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Staci
This is an excellent book, however, it is also a very realistic book. It describes the current climate surrounding birth in intimate detail, and is very thoroughly researched. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ms. Jones
I didn't really enjoy this book, I couldn't get past the first few chapters. I felt like it just kept repeating the same information over and over, and referring to all these... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Iluvpups