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Childbirth and the illness focus

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posted on 1997-12-01, 00:00 authored by Linda SweetLinda Sweet
Childbirth is essentially women's business, a natural female act being performed since the beginning of mankind. However, as Western society has evolved, so too has the management of childbirth. It is the medical profession that has gained control of providing care for childbearing women, to the detriment of many women's experiences. The societal expectations on childbearing women, the iatrogenic effects of pregnancy being treated as an illness under the medical model, and the implications for the profession of midwifery will be discussed.

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Journal

Australian College of Midwives Incorporated journal

Volume

10

Pagination

21-25

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1031-170X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

4

Publisher

Elsevier

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