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Zero TrimesterPre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk$
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Miranda R. Waggoner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288065

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288065.001.0001

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Whither Women’s Health?

Whither Women’s Health?

Reproductive Politics and the Legacy of Maternalism

(p.95) 4 Whither Women’s Health?
Zero Trimester

Miranda R. Waggoner

University of California Press

This chapter reflects on the state of women’s health care and the policy that undergirds the contemporary vibrancy of the pre-pregnancy care framework. It explains why pre-pregnancy care was initially met with opposing interpretations about its vision and potential efficacy. Analyzing interview data in conjunction with historical materials, this chapter shows that pre-pregnancy care was, in part, created to advance reproductive justice by bridging the long-divided realms of maternal care and reproductive care. By traversing the boundaries of entrenched reproductive silos, the pre-pregnancy care model expanded health care during women’s reproductive years—an outcome that seemingly served progressive goals. However, the idea of couching women’s health in terms of their maternity status followed a long tradition of maternalism in American policymaking, further entangling motherhood and womanhood.

Keywords:   reproductive silos, reproductive justice, reproductive care, maternal care, women’s health, boundaries, maternalism, policymaking

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