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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

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

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288065.003.0004

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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