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Editors: Edwin van Teijlingen (University of Aberdeen); George Lowis (The Pennsylvania State University); Peter McCaffery (Oxon); Maureen Porter (University of Aberdeen)
Book Description:
This book provides an introduction to the sociological study of midwifery. The readings have been selected to highlight the interplay between midwifery and medicine, reflecting the medicalization of childbirth. It highlights the major themes in both a historical and a current context, as well as western and non-western societies.
Two major themes underlie the organization of this book: that the conception of midwifery must be broadened to encompass a sociological perspective; and that the ongoing trend toward the medicalization of midwifery is crucial to an understanding of the historical, current, and future status of midwifery. By medicalization of childbirth and midwifery the author mean the increasing tendency for women to prefer a hospital delivery to a home delivery, the increasing trend toward the use of technology and clinical intervention in childbirth, and the determination of medical practitioners to confine the role played by midwives in pregnancy and childbirth, if any, to a purely subordinate one.

Table of Contents:
Preface; Acknowledgments; About the Editors;

General Introduction to Midwifery and the Medicalization of Childbirth:Comparative Perspectives;pp. 1-4
(Edwin Van Teijlingen, George Lowis, Peter McCaffery, Maureen Porter)

Sociological Factors Affecting the Medicalization of Midwifery;pp. 5-41
(George W. Louis,Peter G. McCaffery)

History of Midwifery:Introduction;pp. 43-51
(Edwin R. van Teijlingen)
Midwives & maternity care in the Roman world;pp. 53-62
(Valerie French)

Early Modern Midwifery A Case Study;pp. 63-74
(Merry E.Weisner)

Louyse Bourgeois and the Emergence of Modern Midwifery;pp. 75-87 (Philip A. Kalisch, Margaret Scobey, Beatrice J. Kalisch)

Is Childbirth any Place for a Woman? The Decline of Midwifery in Eighteenth-Century England;pp. 89-96
(Barbara Brandon Schnorrenberg)

Perrette The Midwife: A Fifteenth Century Witchcraft Case;pp. 97-100
(Thomas R. Forbes)

The Decline of The Midwife;pp. 101-115
(J. Donnison)

The Different Stages of the Elimination of Midwives in Québec;pp. 117-125
(Helene Laforce)

Midwife Regulation, Education, & Practice in the Netherlands during the Nineteenth Century;pp. 127-143
(M.J. van Lieburg & Marland)

TheMidwifer in Contemporary Western Societies;pp. 145-154 (Maureen Porter)

Models of Midwifery Care: Denmark,Sweden and the Netherlands;pp. 155-162
(Susan McKay)

Maternity Home Care Assistants in the Netherlands;pp. 163-172
(Edwin R. van Teijlingen)

The Role and Responsibilities of the Midwife in Scotland;pp. 173-178
(Janet Askham, Rosaline Barbour)

Domino Delivery;pp. 179-182
(Maureen Beck)

Changing Childbirth? The British Midwife's Role in Research and Innovation;pp. 183-193
(Maureen Porter)

An exception to the Canadian Case: Autonomous Midwifery at the Margins;pp. 195-203
(Cecilia Benoit)

Medical Models and Midwifery: The Cultural Experience of Birth;pp. 205-213
(Ronnie Lichtman)

The Traditional Midwife and the Medicalisation of Maternity Care: A "Cross Cultural Perspective;pp. 215-220
(George W. Lowis)

Childbirth and Change: A Guatemalan Study;pp. 221-233

A Baby is Born in Merchan;pp. 235-244
(Carol Laderman)

A Descriptive Study of the Changing Roles and Practices of Traditional Birth Attendants in Zimbabewe;pp. 245-257
(Barbara Taylor Sparks)

Jidda: The Traditional Midwife of Yeman?;pp. 259-263
(Lidwien M. Scheepers)

Traditional Birth Attendants in Rural North India:The Social Organization of Childbearing;pp. 265-278
(Roger Jeffery, Patricia M. Jeffery)

An Alternative to Unattended Delivery-Training Programme For Village Midwives in Papua New Guinea;pp. 279-286
(William A. Alto,Ruth E.Albu, Garabinu Irabo)

The Politics of Midwifery: Introduction;pp. 287-299
(Peter McCaffery)

The Context of Nurse Midwifery in the 1980s: Our Relationships with Medicine, Nursing, Lay-Midwives, Consumers and Health Care Economists;pp. 301-307
(Judith P. Rooks)

The Trap of Legal Recognition;pp. 309-318
(Raymond G. DeVries)

Who Cares For Women? Science Versus Love in Midwifery Today;pp. 319-328
(Ann Oakley)

The Elimination of the Midwife;pp. 329-336
(Charles Edward Ziegler)

The European Midwife;pp 337-339
(Irvine Loudon)

Interview with Professor Gerrit-Jan Kloosterman;pp. 341-346
(Rineke van Daalan, Reinie van Goor)

A Cross-National Analysis of Midwifery Politics: Six Lessons for Midwives;pp. 347-352
(Eugene R. Declercq)

Choice, Continuity & Control: Changing Midwifery towards A Sociological Perspective;pp. 353-363
(Jane Sandall)

The Future of Midwifery;pp. 365-370
(Edwin R. Van Teijlingen)

Midwifery: Which Way Forward?;pp. 371-372
Rosemary Jenkins)

Midwifery: Profession With A Future;pp. 373-374
(Pamela Burrows)

The Vision;pp. 375-384
(Association of Radical Midwifes)

The Future of Midwifery Practices: A Personal View;pp. 385-387
(J.Selwyn Crawford)

Index pp.389-393

   Binding: Paper
   Pub. Date: 2005
   Pages: 393 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-59454-031-8
   Status: AV
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