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Introduction

Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

in Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520229327
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520229327.003.0001
Introduction

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This book is based on research conducted in home and hospital interviews with one hundred pregnant women and mothers in two U.S. cities. The interviews reveal that women all over the U.S. are subjected to a series of obstetrical interventions so standard that they are difficult to avoid in most hospitals, under the case of most obstetricians. This volume also explores the issues of birth messages, belief systems about birth, and computerized birth.

Keywords: pregnant women; mothers; U.S. cities; obstetrical interventions; birth messages; computerized birth

Chapter.  8036 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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