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Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care Paperback – April 8, 2008
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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.
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I've been looking into becoming a birthing doula and am all the more inspired to come alongside pregnant couples who don't know their options (or that they even have any) and be a voice for and an educator to them. Thank God for this book and the time and effort put into bringing these issues to light, especially about an industry that makes money off of complicating a completely natural process that should not even be dealt with in medical settings except under rare and unusual circumstances.
Jennifer Block's research is up to the minute and is impeccable. She aptly details how we got here and makes some suggestions about how to find our way out of the mess we are in. Her depiction of physiological, normal birth as compared to the laundry list of interventions that we have come to believe are necessary for birth is a wake up call.
She lets women know the real risks that they may not be told about primary and repeat cesareans, inductions, routine use of pitocin and other interventions when used casually instead of as life-saving tools.
Though we spend the most money and employ more interventions everyday, our country ranks among some of the lowest in terms of the health/safety/survival of babies and mothers surrounding birth. The crisis that maternity care has become in this country does not just impact birthing women; rather, it touches every tax payer, employer who offers insurance, every school child...everyone. If I were to give birth to my nearly 10 year old son today, my chance of a surgical birth, by statistics alone, has increased 8 fold...things are out of control.
We need to find our outrage and I hope this book will help us do just that.
Block shows how obstetrics has evolved through the years, including how Victorian and "modern" sensibilities, etc, have shaped practice and opinion. The result is a shocking picture of how women's care has been co-opted by medical professionals and the health-care industry at large, needlessly endangering many women and their babies. Block illustrates that while hospitals may excel at providing emergency care, the current practice of managed care in childbirth hardly delivers the best outcome.
I'd recommend this book as a must-read for all women, especially those who are or plan to be pregnant. I would also recommend that anyone supporting a mom-to-be (husband, mother, etc.) read it as well in order to better understand and support her choices. I think this is an extremely important book about an extremely important topic for today's women that isn't discussed nearly enough.