Synopses & Reviews
Historical records and writings of Irish doctors and maternity hospitals reveal a central theme of women's perceived incompetence in the birth process and trace how such a radically gendered account has been so detrimental to women.
About the Author
Jo Murphy-Lawless teaches women's studies at the Centre for Women's Studies, at Trinity College, Dublin.
Table of Contents
1 Women, Power and Obstetric Rationality
2 Obstetric Pairings and Knowledge Formation
3 Body, Power, Death: The Problem of Puerperal Fever
4 Calculating Life and Death: The Risk-Death Pairing
5 The Production of Norms in Labour: Active Management
6 Reading Birth and Death
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