The Control of Childbirth: Mothers Versus Medicine Through the Ages

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When childbirth moved from womens homes into hospitals, women lost more than they had bargained for. As the event became increasingly male-dominated and medically oriented, womens control of the experience all but vanished. Worse, recent clinical trials have demonstrated that most modern interventions and technological practices have not improved delivery outcomes and are not necessary in normal labor and birth. From pre-classical to present times, this work describes childbirth practices as they have developed through the ...

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