Safer Childbirth?

A critical history of maternity care

Authors: Tew, Marjorie

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In all industrialized countries, the last fifty years have seen both a momentaus improvement in the safety of childbirth and the completion of a momentaus revolution in maternity care, with the philosophy and methods of the obstetric profession triumphant. This book tells the story of how these changes came about. lt is a story urgently in need of telling, for the subject is one about which there is almost universal misunderstanding. Far from being a record of conquering idealism, the realization of an advance in human welfare through the application of scientific knowledge to improve the natural process of birth by an altruistic profession with good reason to believe in the rightness of its methods, it turns out to be a record of the successful denial and concealment of extensive and unanimous evidence that obstetric interĀ­ vention only rarely improves the natural process. The evidence is found in the impartial statistical analyses of the actual results of care, which show consistently that birth is the safer, the less its process is interfered with. The findings of statistics are in complete accord with the expectations of biology and are in turn impressively supported by the observations of critical obstetricians, evaluating partiĀ­ cular practices. Who should teil the story and present the accumulated evidence? lt might be difficult for any obstetrician to cast aside his or her loyalty to the profession and provide a dispassionate account of the whole picture.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The revolution in maternity care: the diverse strands of a complicated tapestry

    Tew, Marjorie

    Pages 1-37

  • Birth attendants and their places of practice

    Tew, Marjorie

    Pages 38-72

  • The practices of attendants before birth

    Tew, Marjorie

    Pages 73-107

  • The practices of attendants around the time of birth

    Tew, Marjorie

    Pages 108-146

  • Maternity care; a public concern

    Tew, Marjorie

    Pages 147-179

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Safer Childbirth?
Book Subtitle
A critical history of maternity care
Authors
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
M. Tew
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-2975-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-2975-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 314
Topics