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Belief Systems About Birth

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/9780520229327.003.0005
Belief Systems About Birth

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This chapter aims to provide a conceptual framework for understanding the relationships of various nationally known forms of natural childbirth ideal. It discusses the Grantly Dick-Read's concept of natural childbirth, Ferdinand Lamaze's prepared childbirth, and Robert Bradley's husband-coached childbirth. It compares the technocratic and the wholistic models of birth and discusses women's views and opinion concerning the wholistic model.

Keywords: natural childbirth; Grantly Dick-Read; Ferdinand Lamaze; prepared childbirth; Robert Bradley; husband-coached birth; technocratic model; wholistic model

Chapter.  13255 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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