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Coming home : how midwives changed birth

Author: Wendy Kline
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By the mid-twentieth century, two things appeared destined for extinction in the United States: the practice of home birth and the profession of midwifery. In 1940, close to half of all U.S. births took place in the hospital, and the trend was increasing. By 1970, the percentage of hospital births reached an all-time high of 99.4%, and the obstetrician, rather than the midwife, assumed nearly complete control over  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kline, Wendy, 1968-
Coming home.
New York : Oxford University Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018027018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Kline
ISBN: 9780190232542 0190232544 9780190232528 0190232528 9780190232535 0190232536
OCLC Number: 1055569308
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 243 pages)
Contents: From hospital to home --
Back to bed : from hospital to home obstetrics in the city of Chicago --
Middle-class midwifery : transforming birth practices in suburban Washington, DC --
Psychedelic birth : the emergence of the hippie midwife --
The Bowland bust : medicine and the law in Santa Cruz, California --
From El Paso to Lexington : the formation of the Midwives Alliance of North America --
From professionalization to education : the creation of the Seattle Midwifery School --
Epilogue : in search of common ground.
Responsibility: Wendy Kline.

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Coming Home tells the story of how a significant number of parents in postwar America opted out of the standardized medicated hospital birth and recast home birth as a legitimate and desirable choice.

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Kline offers a rich and complicated history of direct entry midwifery and the twentieth-century American homebirth movement ... At the core of Kline's thesis is that in each locale where women were Read more...

 
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