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Towards the Humanisation of Birth : a study of epidural analgesia and hospital birth culture

Author: Elizabeth Newnham; Lois McKellar; Jan Pincombe
Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
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This book examines the future of birthing practices, particularly by focusing on epidural analgesia in childbirth. It describes historical and cultural trajectories that have shaped the way in which birth is understood in Western, developed nations. In setting out the nature of epidural history, knowledge and practice, the book delves into related birth practices within the hospital setting. By critically examining  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Newnham; Lois McKellar; Jan Pincombe
ISBN: 9783319699622 3319699628
OCLC Number: 1029073551
Description: 1 online resource (XIX, 266 pages 3 illustrations) : online resource
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The Epidural in Context --
3. The Politics of Birth --
4. Institutional Culture: Discipline and Resistance --
5. A Dialectic of Risk --
6. A Circle of Trust --
7. Closing the Circle.
Responsibility: by Elizabeth Newnham, Lois McKellar, Jan Pincombe.

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