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Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care Paperback – April 8, 2008
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"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.
Top Customer Reviews
11 hours later I was laying in a bed by myself staring at a ceiling, completely shell shocked, and without my baby, husband or family, I was immobilized in a recovery room with a gaping wound in my belly while my new daughter was off in the nursery. I had no idea what went wrong. It seemed that I had simply stopped dilating or "failed to progress."
As I read Jennifer Block's book, I just nodded as it all became very clear - the insistence by the staff that we would just hurry things up a little by performing an amniotomy (breaking my water) when I was still in early labor. That was followed by pitocin (to "really" get things moving), stadol (a narcotic pain reliever), an epidural and finally, a c-section. My labor was simply one of many completely over-managed and over controlled labors in American hospitals. They finally decided that a c-section was the only way to end my labor. I was lead to believe my labor was a "problem" and a "complication" and surgery was the only answer.
I wish this book could become mandatory reading for all women who are planning a hospital delivery. Contrary to recent reports (as discussed in this book), very few women are actually requesting a c-section on a completely voluntary basis. Years ago I was "pushed" by the obstetrical community into an unwanted delivery experience.
Today I am pregnant with my second child. And I am pushing back.
I used to have a vague idea, before this book, of some of the interventions I would absolutely not allow if I were to give birth in a hospital, but since reading this book and doing some additional research (via other books and internet) my eyes have really been opened. I could never watch TLC's "A Baby Story" the same way again!
I think this book is a must-read for any woman contemplating childbirth. It is such a shame that SO FEW women know that there are options OUTSIDE of the hospital, and that they don't have to be forced by physicians to submit to procedures and interventions (e.g., episiotomies, continuous fetal monitors, cesareans) to which they DO NOT consent.
Read this book (and others) to prepare yourself.
"What's best for women is best for babies. And what's best for women and babies is minimally invasive births that are physically, emotionally, and socially supported. This is not the experience that most women have. In the age of evidence-based medicine, women need to know that standard American maternity care is not primarily driven by their health and well-being or by the health and well-being of their babies. Care is constrained and determined by liability and financial concerns, by a provider's licensing regulations and malpractice insurer. The evidence often has nothing to do with it."
Block paints a depressingly grim picture of modern maternity care in which only a handful of women experience physiological childbirth. The rest give birth plugged into machines. Drugs and hormones course through their veins; scalpels and scissors cut them open, often after coercion and frequently despite the woman's expressed refusal. Almost everyone she interviews admits there's a problem, but no one seems to be able to change the system. Those who buck the system altogether--home birth midwives and unassisted birthers, for example--face legal harassment, imprisonment, fines, or loss of custody of their children.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Using it for 'reading material' for my Doula class... this book is so informative, it's great if you're using it for school or if your just having a baby and want the great info in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wendy S
This book is not what I expected. Very statistical and an excellent read. Full of reasons to educate yourself about your birth options.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a great book! Although it is almost 10 years old now, and things in the medical world change quickly, I found this book fascinating. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CMK
Great book. Reading it because I'm having a home birth with a midwife and like to research as much as I can. If you like facts and statistics this is the book for you. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rosalba Russo
Excellent review of the failing maternity system in the U.S. Excellent references too!Published 6 months ago by SAMANTHA KUEHL
I've bought it twice. I bought it once and lent it to someone I thought needed to read it more than I did. So I bought it again to have it in my library.Published 6 months ago by G. Beltaine
Informative and a bit alarming. If you want to continue living in fairytale la la land and go through the motions of pregnancy, labor, and childbirth... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tiffany Heidenthal
Fast shipping! Great book overall - bought this as I work towards my doula certification. Highly recommend for anyone's reading list.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Take some breaths! I will not read it all at once. Anger is the most common emotion experienced when reading the injustices surrounding birth. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Safiya