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Designing motherhood

Michelle Millar Fisher (Author), Amber Winick (Author), Mütter Museum (Host institution), Center for Architecture (Philadelphia, Pa) (Host institution)
"The designed objects that surround us when it comes to menstruation, birth control, conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood vary as oddly, messily, and dramatically as the stereotypes suggest. This smart, image-rich, fashion-forward, and design-driven book explores more than eighty designs--iconic, conceptual, archaic, titillating, emotionally charged, or just plain strange--that have defined the relationships between people and babies during the past century. Each object tells a story. In striking images and engaging text, Designing Motherhood unfolds the compelling design histories and real-world uses of the objects that shape our reproductive experiences. Memorable images--including historical ads, found photos, and drawings--illustrate the crucial role design and material culture plays throughout the arc of human reproduction."--Publisher
Print Book, English, 2021
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The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2021
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343 pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles, portraits ; 26 cm
9780262044899, 0262044897
Prologue / Erica Chidi
Foreword / Alexandra Lange
Reproduction. Pregnancy in print ; Cell ; "Our bodies, ourselves" ; The pill ; Menstrual cup ; Blood ; Charting the menstrual cycle ; Dalkon shield intrauterine device ; Del-em device ; Joan E. Biren ; Clomid ; Speculum ; Childfree ; Protest ; Sterilization abuse ; Population policy posters ; Test-tube baby ; Stirrups ; Table manners ; Artificial womb
Pregnancy. Home pregnancy test ; Prenatal vitamins ; Lennart Nilsson ; Sonogram ; Amniocentesis ; Fetal Doppler and Pinard Horn ; Anti-radiation clothing ; Showing ; Pregnancy corset ; Tie-waist skirt ; Sari ; Deb Willis ; Grace Jones ; Patterns for pregnancy ; Pregnancy pillow ; Exercise for pregnancy ; National childbirth trust ; Algorithms for pregnancy ; Pregnancy portraits ; Midwifery in transition ; Midwives ; Masculine birth ; Loss ; Baby on board button ; Baby showers ; Gender reveal
Birth. Hospital bag ; Lindsey Beal ; Forceps ; Birthing furniture ; Janma clean birth kit / lifewrap / safe delivery app ; Helen Redman ; Electronic fetal monitoring ; Cesarean birth curtains ; Baby drawer ; "All my babies: A midwife's own story" (1953), directed by George Stoney ; Maternity care coalition ; Doulas and birth companions ; #listentoblackwomen ; "Adventure to motherhood" ; Designs for grief ; Carmen Winant ; Home birth ; Pain ; Emergence ; Perineal repair simulators ; Placenta ; Birth photography ; Birth in film ; Mother's gaze ; Steps to the Lindo Wing, St. Mary's Hospital, London ; Thalidomide
Postpartum. Dr. Spock's "Common sense book of baby and child care" ; Dr. Kegel's perineometer and pelvic floor exercise device ; Raphaela Rosella ; Newborn ID ; Incubator ; Kuddle-up ; Postpartum mesh underwear ; Feeding ; Nursing bra ; Breast pump ; Mamava pod ; Baby formula ; Careers ; Norland nanny uniform ; "Kraamzorg" pli; Baby carrying ; Faja ; Petit pli ; "Äitiyspakkaus": The Finnish baby box ; Baby monitor ; Hidden mothers ; Family leave ; Diapers ; Emmi Pikler's elevated diapering table ; Crib ; Judy Gelles ; Car seat ; Stroller ; Gordon Parks ; Adoption ; Families
"First edition (edition of 3,000)"--Title page verso
Contributors include: Luz Argueta-Vogel, Zara Arshad, Nefertiti Austin, Juliana Rowen Barton, Caitlin Beach, Lindsey Beal, Thomas Beatie, Maricela Becerra, Joan E. Biren, Heather DeWolf Bowser, Megan Brandow-Faller, Khiara M. Bridges, Sophie Cavoulacos, Erica Chidi, Meegan Daigler, Anna Dhody, Christine Dodson, Henrike Dreier, Adam Dubrowski, Michelle Millar Fisher, Claire Dion Fletcher, Tekara Gainey, Lucy Gallun, Angela Garbes, Judy S. Gelles, Shoshana Batya Greenwald, Robert D. Hicks, Porsche Holland, Andrea Homer-Macdonald, Alexis Hope, Karen Kleiman, Alexandra Lange, Natalie Lira, Devorah L Marrus, Jessica Martucci, Sascha Mayer, Betsy Joslyn Mitchell, Ginger Mitchell, Mark Mitchell, Aidan O'Connor, Lauren Downing Peters, Nicole Pihema, Alice Rawsthorn, Helen Barchilon Redman, Airyka Rockefeller, Julie Rodelli, Raphaela Rosella, Loretta J. Ross, Ofelia Pérez Ruiz, Hannah Ryan, Karin Satrom, Tae Smith, Orkan Telhan, Stephanie Tillman, Sandra Oyarzo Torres, Malika Verma, Erin Weisbart, Deb Willis, Carmen Winant, Brendan Winick, Flaura Koplin Winston
Published in conjunction with an exhibition held in Philadelphia at the Mütter Museum from June 2021 to May 2022 and at the Center for Architecture and Design from September 10 to November 13, 2021