Pushed by Jennifer Block
The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

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A groundbreaking narrative investigation of childbirth in the age of machines, malpractice, and managed care, Pushed presents the complete picture of maternity care in America. From inside the operating room of a hospital with a 44% Cesarean rate to the living room floor of a woman who gives birth with an illegal midwife, Block exposes a system in which few women have an optimal experience. Pushed surveys the public health impact of routine labor inductions, C-sections, and epidurals, but also examines childbirth as a women’s rights issue: Do women even have the right to choose a normal birth? Is that right being upheld? A wake-up call for our times, Block’s gripping research reveals that while emergency obstetric care is essential, we are overusing medical technology at the expense of maternal and infant health.

About Jennifer Block

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Jennifer Block is a former editor at Ms. Magazine and an editor of the revised Our Bodies, Ourselves. Her work has appeared in such publications as the Village Voice, The Nation, Mother Jones, and ELLE. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published September 10, 2007 by Da Capo Press. 346 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, History. Non-fiction

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With extensive field research and thorough historical contextualization, Block reveals some disturbing statistics in this country’s birth management and shows how medical views of birth are as subject to change as the whims of fashion.

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Women are more likely to die during a cesarean birth than women giving birth vaginally What’s more, risks increase many times over after just one cesarean.

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Joining the lefties that wanted to make birth ‘an emergence, not an emergency,’ are devout women that believe birth to be a private process or otherwise object to a bunch of doctors and nurses shaving and fondling their lady bits.

Jun 19 2007 | Read Full Review of Pushed: The Painful Truth Abo...

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