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Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

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In the U.S., nearly half of all mothers are chemically induced into labor whether they want it or not; almost a third give birth via C-section. For women who want an alternative, choice is often unavailable: Midwives are often inaccessible; in eleven states they are illegal. In one of those states, even birthing centers are outlawed. When did birth become an emergency instead of an emergence? When did normal, physiological birth become a crime?

Pushed presents the complete picture of birth in America from the front-lines. Crisscrossing the country to investigate all sides of the issue, and witness to several births — from a planned Caesarean to an underground home birth — Jennifer Block examines childbirth as a reproductive rights issues, exploring the implications of the widely held assumption that routine C-sections, inductions, and epidurals equal medical progress. Block's research and experience show that while medical intervention certainly has its place, there is compelling evidence that we are overusing medical technology at the expense of maternal and fetal health: Either women's bodies are failing, or the system is failing women.

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"According to writer and editor Block (Our Bodies, Ourselves), 'the United States has the most intense and widespread medical management of birth' in the world, and yet 'ranks near the bottom among industrialized countries in maternal and infant mortality.' Block shows how, in transforming childbirth into a business, hospitals have turned 'procedures and devices developed for the treatment of abnormality' into routine practice, performed for no reason than 'speeding up and ordering an unpredictable...process'; for instance, the U.S. cesarean section rate tripled in the 1970s, and has doubled since then. Block looks into a growing contingent of parents-to-be exploring alternatives to the hospital — and the attendant likelihood of medical intervention — by seeking out birthing centers and options for home-birth. Unfortunately, obstacles to these alternatives remain considerable — laws across the U.S. criminalizing or severely restricting the practice of midwifery have led the trained care providers to practice underground in many states — while tort reform has done next to nothing to lower malpractice insurance rates or improve hospital birthing policies. This provocative, highly readable expose raises questions of great consequence for anyone planning to have a baby in U.S., as well as those interested or involved in women's health care." Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information)

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"A stirring discussion of reproductive rights, informed consent, and the rights of the mother vs. the fetus... Recommended." Library Journal

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"A gripping expose....Provocative and hotly controversial analysis of a side of reproductive rights feminism seems to have forgot." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

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"The book is loaded with interviews, statistics and...some quietly deft storytelling." Chicago Reader

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Block examines childbirth as a reproductive rights issues, exploring the implications of the assumption that routine C-sections, inductions, and epidurals equal medical progress. She argues that medical technology is being overused at the expense of maternal and fetal health.

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A provocative and incisive analysis of childbirth in the age of machines, malpractice, and managed care

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In the United States, more than half the women who give birth are given drugs to induce or speed up labor; for nearly a third of mothers, childbirth is major surgery - the cesarean section. For women who want an alternative, choice is often unavailable: Midwives are sometimes inaccessible; in eleven states they are illegal. In one of those states, even birthing centers are outlawed.When did birth become an emergency instead of an emergence? Since when is normal, physiological birth a crime? A groundbreaking journalistic narrative, Pushed presents the complete picture of maternity care in America. Crisscrossing the country to report what women really experience during childbirth, Jennifer Block witnessed several births - from a planned cesarean to an underground home birth. Against this backdrop, Block investigates whether routine C-sections, inductions, and epidurals equal medical progress. She examines childbirth as a reproductive rights issue: Do women have the right to an optimal birth experience? If so, is that right being upheld? Block's research and experience reveal in vivid detail that while emergency obstetric care is essential, there is compelling evidence that we are overusing medical technology at the expense of maternal and infant health: Either women's bodies are failing, or the system is failing women.

About the Author

Jennifer Block is a former editor at Ms. Magazine and an editor of the revised Our Bodies, Ourselves. Her work has appeared in such publications as the Village Voice, The Nation, Mother Jones, and ELLE. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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iffnay, November 28, 2008 (view all comments by iffnay)
I recently had to write a college research paper and my topic was The Modern Maternity Care System in the United States. Out of all my reading to gther information PUSHED was one of great information and validation. Being a mother of two and experiencing both a hospital and home birth, I will never have a child in the hospital again!! Every moment passed much like Block described. At eighteen, I'm not sure where my inner strength came from, but I am a anomaly for not having a list of medical interventions preformed, under protocol for my babies safety. Essentially, I allowed myself a spontaneous hospital birth. As Block describes, 90% of women have some or all of these interventions and for what? Most women can't help but accept what hospitals describe as care, it's all we've be educated about. I will say the book PUSHED along with CUNT are my top two for women to read.
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real ob/gyn doctor, August 1, 2007 (view all comments by real ob/gyn doctor)
I very slowly read this book. Published June 2007, My review is very heartfelt and can be read on barnes and noble.comunder this book's site. I am concerned over the impact for patients after they read this book. I believe that the author is intent on empowering women against the over industrialization of the practice of obstetrics. However, after completing this book, I believe as a laywomen I would feel linadequate if I did not deliver completely natural. I beleive in allowing a woman to deliver as she desires and am conservative with vaccum, episiotomy , epidural. But the truth is patients are asking for it.more than not. The statistics are real that are reviewed in this book. I hope that women are not affected badly by this book.
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greggs, June 16, 2007 (view all comments by greggs)

A must read for All Women Concerned about how they will be treated when they become pregnant.
Also a must read book by all Women in New Jersey and all women in the entire United States that plan to or have given birth. All Health Reporters should read this book prior to attempting to print one more lie about Maternity Care in the United States. All those that have been attempting to address these issues will finally be pleased to have the past several years Escalating Cesarean Crisis explained to the masses, issues that Midwives, Doulas, Equal Rights Activists, Students of Women's Studies, Reproductive Rights Activists in the United States- have known about and have not had such a well done book as Jennifer Block's - "PUSHED" available until now, this book gives a great overview of the Cesarean Surge that women in the United States have experienced.
Get ready for the next wave - you must read this book!
Women are no longer going to be compliant patients they are going to be hiring Lawyers, joining class action suits for unnecessary surgery and getting second opinions prior to their care providers scheduling them at 37 & 38 weeks, They will be actively looking for and hiring Obstetricians that have HIGH Ethics and LOW cesarean rates. They will be questioning Hospital Administrators Policies and their Politicians lack of action to address this medical crisis in the country.
Well Done Jennifer. I can not wait to read your next book.
Signing this endorsement of your book
- Grateful New Jersey Girl.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780738210735
Subtitle:
The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care
Author:
Block, Jennifer
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Subject:
Childbirth
Subject:
Natural childbirth
Subject:
HEA041000
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070604
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17.8 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "According to writer and editor Block (Our Bodies, Ourselves), 'the United States has the most intense and widespread medical management of birth' in the world, and yet 'ranks near the bottom among industrialized countries in maternal and infant mortality.' Block shows how, in transforming childbirth into a business, hospitals have turned 'procedures and devices developed for the treatment of abnormality' into routine practice, performed for no reason than 'speeding up and ordering an unpredictable...process'; for instance, the U.S. cesarean section rate tripled in the 1970s, and has doubled since then. Block looks into a growing contingent of parents-to-be exploring alternatives to the hospital — and the attendant likelihood of medical intervention — by seeking out birthing centers and options for home-birth. Unfortunately, obstacles to these alternatives remain considerable — laws across the U.S. criminalizing or severely restricting the practice of midwifery have led the trained care providers to practice underground in many states — while tort reform has done next to nothing to lower malpractice insurance rates or improve hospital birthing policies. This provocative, highly readable expose raises questions of great consequence for anyone planning to have a baby in U.S., as well as those interested or involved in women's health care." Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information)
"Review" by , "A stirring discussion of reproductive rights, informed consent, and the rights of the mother vs. the fetus... Recommended."
"Review" by , "A gripping expose....Provocative and hotly controversial analysis of a side of reproductive rights feminism seems to have forgot."
"Review" by , "The book is loaded with interviews, statistics and...some quietly deft storytelling."
"Synopsis" by , Block examines childbirth as a reproductive rights issues, exploring the implications of the assumption that routine C-sections, inductions, and epidurals equal medical progress. She argues that medical technology is being overused at the expense of maternal and fetal health.
"Synopsis" by ,
A provocative and incisive analysis of childbirth in the age of machines, malpractice, and managed care
"Synopsis" by ,
In the United States, more than half the women who give birth are given drugs to induce or speed up labor; for nearly a third of mothers, childbirth is major surgery - the cesarean section. For women who want an alternative, choice is often unavailable: Midwives are sometimes inaccessible; in eleven states they are illegal. In one of those states, even birthing centers are outlawed.When did birth become an emergency instead of an emergence? Since when is normal, physiological birth a crime? A groundbreaking journalistic narrative, Pushed presents the complete picture of maternity care in America. Crisscrossing the country to report what women really experience during childbirth, Jennifer Block witnessed several births - from a planned cesarean to an underground home birth. Against this backdrop, Block investigates whether routine C-sections, inductions, and epidurals equal medical progress. She examines childbirth as a reproductive rights issue: Do women have the right to an optimal birth experience? If so, is that right being upheld? Block's research and experience reveal in vivid detail that while emergency obstetric care is essential, there is compelling evidence that we are overusing medical technology at the expense of maternal and infant health: Either women's bodies are failing, or the system is failing women.
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