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The American Way of Birth
The American Way of Birth
Author: Jessica Mitford
Three decades ago, Jessica Mitford became a household name with the publication of her long-running bestseller The American Way of Death. Now, in the climactic work of her career, she has found a subject at the other end of the spectrum of human experience. In an era of worry and outrage over health care, this challenging book takes a long look ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780525935230
ISBN-10: 0525935231
Publication Date: 11/1/1992
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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This is not a book about the miracle of life. It is about the role of money and politics in a lucrative industry; a saga of champagne birthing suites for the rich and desperate measures for the poor. It is a drama in which midwives are raided at gunpoint to safeguard a lucrative medical monopoly; and in which caesareans are urged to excess so that doctors are protected in case of malpratice suits.
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In 1962, Jessica Mitford shocked the nation with The American Way of Death, her best-selling investigation of shady practices in the funeral business. Now she turns her penetrating gaze to the opposite extreme of human experience.

Mitford examines conventional and alternative birth methods, public-health programs, the costs of having a child, and much more. Her inescapable conclusion - that the American way of birth is more a product of greed and political expediency than of concern for mothers and babies - will revolutionize the way we think about a universal rite of passage.

2 audio cassette tapes (3 hours).
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The woman who wrote this book was born in 1917. Although it was written in 1992 it is still accurate on the state of birth here in the US.
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Very informative and eye opening!