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Birth as an American Rite of Passage$
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Robbie Davis-Floyd

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520229327

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520229327.001.0001

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Belief Systems About Birth

Belief Systems About Birth

The Technocratic, Wholistic, and Natural Models

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(p.154) Chapter 4 Belief Systems About Birth
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Birth as an American Rite of Passage
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Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520229327.003.0005

This chapter aims to provide a conceptual framework for understanding the relationships of various nationally known forms of natural childbirth ideal. It discusses the Grantly Dick-Read's concept of natural childbirth, Ferdinand Lamaze's prepared childbirth, and Robert Bradley's husband-coached childbirth. It compares the technocratic and the wholistic models of birth and discusses women's views and opinion concerning the wholistic model.

Keywords:   natural childbirth, Grantly Dick-Read, Ferdinand Lamaze, prepared childbirth, Robert Bradley, husband-coached birth, technocratic model, wholistic model

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