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Birth Models That Work$
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Robbie Davis-Floyd, Lesley Barclay, and Jan Tritten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248632

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248632.001.0001

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Teamwork: An Obstetrician, a Midwife, and a Doula in Brazil

Teamwork: An Obstetrician, a Midwife, and a Doula in Brazil

(p.271) Chapter 10 Teamwork: An Obstetrician, a Midwife, and a Doula in Brazil
Birth Models That Work

Ricardo Herbert Jones

University of California Press

This chapter describes the individual paradigm shift and the options that this shift has created for the women. This “birth model that works” is a replicable model of simplicity: a doctor, a midwife, and a doula attending births in a setting of the woman's choice. The chapter discusses the initiation into the humanization of childbirth that occurred in 1986 when an event in the emergency room of the hospital directed the attention toward the critical questioning of medical assistance at birth. The scars of the contemporary technocratic paradigm related to health care can be seen in the aseptic and cold manner that people these days manage birth in hospitals. It hopes to discover a key that could open the energies which were put to sleep by the imposition of rules, protocols, and prohibitions, most of them favoring institutions and the work of doctors, and not helping childbearing women.

Keywords:   birth model, paradigm shift, health care, childbearing women, medical assistance

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