Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America, 1750-1950 by Judith Walzer Leavitt
English | October 30th, 1986 | ISBN: 0195038436, 0195056906 | 297 Pages | PDF | 16.78 MB
"Childbirth is more than a biological even in women's lives," writes Judith Leavitt. "It is a vital component in the social definition of women." This book uses personal accounts by birthing women and their medical attendants to show how childbirth has changed from colonial times to the present. Brought to Bed describes the traditional woman-centered home-birthing practices and their replacement by male doctors and the movement of birth from the home to the hospital. Leavitt points out that childbearing women and their physicians gradually changed birth practices because they believed the increased medicalization would make birth safer and more comfortable.