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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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Scars into Stars

Scars into Stars

The Reinterpretation of the Childbirth Experience

(p.241) Chapter 6 Scars into Stars
Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

University of California Press

This chapter describes the range of long-term postbirth responses and transformations experienced by the thirty-two women in this study. It explains that those women who found a great discrepancy between the cognitive content of hospital birth rituals and their own reality models tended either to compartmentalize the experience to initiate further epistemic exploration of its meaning. It also contends that when women reject hospital routines, they are also rejecting many of the basic messages of hospital birth.

Keywords:   postbirth responses, women, hospital birth, birth rituals, cognitive content, reality models, hospital routines

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