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Birth control : the insidious power of men over motherhood / Allison Yarrow.

Yarrow, Allison, (author.).


"Modern medicine should make pregnancy and childbirth safer for all. But in Birth Control, award-winning journalist Allison Yarrow reveals how women are controlled, traumatized, injured, and even killed because of the traditionalist practices of medical professionals and hospitals. Ever since doctors stole control of birth from midwives in the 19th century, women have been steamrolled by a male-dominated medical establishment that has everyone convinced that birthing bodies are inherently flawed and that every pregnancy is a crisis that it alone can "solve." Common medical practices and procedures violate human rights and the law, yet take place daily. Misogyny and racism, not scientific evidence and support, shape the overwhelming majority of America's four million annual births. Drawing on extensive reporting, expert interviews, an original survey of 1,300 mothers, and her own personal experiences, Yarrow documents how modern maternal health care is insidiously, purposefully designed to take power from women to the detriment of their physical and mental health-not just during labor, but for years after. She then shows a better way, exploring solutions both cutting-edge and ancient to--finally--return power and control to birthing people. Full of urgent insights and heartfelt emotion, Birth Control is an explosive call to action"-- Provided by publisher.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781541619319
  • ISBN: 1541619315
  • Physical Description: xi, 290 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Seal Press, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-280) and index.
Subject: Childbirth > Social aspects.
Maternal health services > Social aspects.

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