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Birth matters : a midwife's manifesta

Author: Ina May Gaskin
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Seven Stories Press 1st edView all editions and formats
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Renowned for her practice's exemplary results and low intervention rates, Ina May Gaskin has gained international notoriety for promoting natural birth. She is a much-beloved leader of a movement that seeks to stop the hyper-medicalization of birth--which has lead to nearly a third of hospital births in America to be cesarean sections--and renew confidence in a woman's natural ability to birth. Upbeat and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ina May Gaskin
ISBN: 9781583229279 1583229272
OCLC Number: 697768667
Description: xii, 250 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Ani DiFranco --
The importance of birth and birth stories --
Second-wave feminism, birth, and motherhood --
Sexuality and birth --
A brief look at the history of midwives and medical men --
Technology and empowerment --
Gathering the power of sisterhood --
What's a father-to-be to do? --
My vision for the future --
The kind of obstetrics I miss, and its great defenders.
Responsibility: Ina May Gaskin.

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Renowned for her practice's exemplary results and low intervention rates, Ina May Gaskin has gained international notoriety for promoting natural birth. She is a much-beloved leader of a movement that seeks to stop the hyper-medicalization of birth--which has lead to nearly a third of hospital births in America to be cesarean sections--and renew confidence in a woman's natural ability to birth. Upbeat and informative, Gaskin asserts that the way in which women become mothers is a women's rights issue, and it is perhaps the act that most powerfully exhibits what it is to be instinctually human. Birth Matters is a spirited manifesta showing us how to trust women, value birth, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.

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