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Pushed : The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

ISBN: 9780738211664 | 0738211664
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Publisher: DA CAPO PRESS INC
Pub. Date: 4/1/2008

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A groundbreaking narrative investigation of childbirth in the age of machines, malpractice, and managed care,Pushedpresents the complete picture of maternity care in America. From inside the operating room of a hospital with a 44% Cesarean rate to the living room floor of a woman who gives birth with an illegal midwife, Block exposes a system in which few women have an optimal experience.Pushedsurveys the public health impact of routine labor inductions, C-sections, and epidurals, but also examines childbirth as a women's rights issue: Do women even have theright to choosea normal birth? Is that right being upheld? A wake-up call for our times, Block's gripping research reveals that while emergency obstetric care is essential, we are overusing medical technology at the expense of maternal and infant health.


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