The Computerized 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:
The Computerized Birth?

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This chapter investigates the cultural consensus on and futuristic significance of the increasing technocratization of childbirth in the U.S. The findings of this study reveal that seventy percent of the births occurred in varying degrees of conceptual harmony with the technocratic model and only fifteen percent actually desired and achieved natural childbirth. It concludes that American hospital birth rituals are medically damaging and psychologically disempowering and degrading to women.

Keywords: childbirth; cultural consensus; technocratization; U.S.; technocratic model; hospital birth; birth rituals

Chapter.  4441 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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