The Surprising History of How We Are Born

Book - 2006
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From evolution to the epidural and beyond, Tina Cassidy presents a lively, enlightening, and impeccably researched cultural history of how and why we are born the way we are. Women have been giving birth for millennia, so why is it that every culture--and every generation--seems to have its own ideas about the best way to get a baby born? Among the topics that Tina Cassidy looks at are: why birth can be so difficult (blame our ability to walk on two legs, for instance), where women deliver, how the perception of midwives has changed (they were once burned as witches), the lives of some famous obstetricians, and the many ways childbirth has been deadly (lots of blame to go around). Birth is full of quirky details, startling facts, and tales both humorous and disturbing--from men disguised as women to get into delivery rooms to a news flash about a woman giving herself a C-section. From Jessica Mitford's seminal The American Way of Death to Mary Roach's Stiff , we've witnessed how millions of readers are fascinated by what happens at the end of life. Here is the riveting true story of how it begins.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780871139382
Branch Call Number: 618.2
Characteristics: 312 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Jan 27, 2015

Ok please, everyone who is not pregnant but very fond of birth stories, don't get deceived by the title, this isn't the book for you...and if you're like me, a young 20 yr old lady who loves watching birth documentaries, please..this book won't tell lovely stories, it will scare the daylights out of everyone. All it shows are early c sections, yikes, gross, and a modern c section where a lady pukes on the table, and it is just full of non sense, as if saying that kids born under the help of pain relief won't be healthy, don't waste your time, also people who are expecting, don't read this.. Hospitals in canada won't do evil to you, as depicted in this book

Apr 11, 2012

Loved this book. It gives great accounts on how the world changed and how the birthing rituals changed with it. Something all women who have or are going to have a child, should read! I couldn't put it down. It gives great references and is VERY well researched. A great read for anybody wanting to learn more about how we manage through birth and how all the mumble gumble got thrown into the mix!

Sep 09, 2010

I really enjoyed this book. Like any good history book, it puts our modern practices into context. It was a fun read.


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Jan 27, 2015

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