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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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The Computerized Birth?

The Computerized Birth?

Some Ritual and Political Implications for the Future

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(p.281) Chapter 8 The Computerized 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/9780520229327.003.0009

This chapter investigates the cultural consensus on and futuristic significance of the increasing technocratization of childbirth in the U.S. The findings of this study reveal that seventy percent of the births occurred in varying degrees of conceptual harmony with the technocratic model and only fifteen percent actually desired and achieved natural childbirth. It concludes that American hospital birth rituals are medically damaging and psychologically disempowering and degrading to women.

Keywords:   childbirth, cultural consensus, technocratization, U.S., technocratic model, hospital birth, birth rituals

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