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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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Birth as a Rite of Passage

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Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

University of California Press

This book is based on research conducted in home and hospital interviews with one hundred pregnant women and mothers in two U.S. cities. The interviews reveal that women all over the U.S. are subjected to a series of obstetrical interventions so standard that they are difficult to avoid in most hospitals, under the case of most obstetricians. This volume also explores the issues of birth messages, belief systems about birth, and computerized birth.

Keywords:   pregnant women, mothers, U.S. cities, obstetrical interventions, birth messages, computerized birth

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