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Faculty Book: Barbara Katz Rothman, ed.

Wendy Simonds, Barbara Katz Rothman, and Bari Meltzer Norman, eds.

Laboring On: Birth in Transition in the United States
(Routledge, 2007)

Facing the polar forces of an epidemic of cesarean sections and epidurals and home-like labor rooms, American birth is in transition. Updating Barbara Katz Rothman's now-classic In Labor: Women and Power in the Birthplace (1982)—based on her dissertation work, it was, the first feminist sociological analysis of birth in the United States—Laboring On gives a comprehensive picture of the ever-changing American birth practices and often conflicting visions of birth practitioners. The authors deftly weave compelling accounts of birth work, by midwives, doulas, obstetricians, and nurses, into the larger sociohistorical context of health care practices and activism and offer provocative arguments about the current state of affairs and the future of birth in America. Barbara Katz Rothman is a professor of sociology at Baruch College and The Graduate Center. The new first author on this revision, Wendy Simonds, was Professor Rothman’s first doctoral student and a CUNY alumna.

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Submitted on: NOV 17, 2007

Category: Faculty Books | Sociology