Greatly expanded, revised and updated, with an entirely new chapter on disability, The Social Context of Birth, Second Edition provides an essential understanding of how social issues affect midwives, the birth process and motherhood. Childbirth is much more than a biological event or a set of case notes. No-one has an uneventful pregnancy, and women seek narratives through which they can explain and try to make sense of what has happened to them. This is often neglected in the relentlessly technocratic modern culture of childbirth. Appreciating the social context surrounding an individual enriches the understanding a midwife must have if she is to work successfully alongside a woman and her family throughout a pregnancy and birth in an insightful, intelligent and informed manner. This comprehensive guide provides countless valuable insights for midwives, nurses, obstetricians and health visitors into the many different lives, experiences and expectations of women in their childbearing years, their babies and families in the 21st Century. Written by a team of highly experienced health professionals, it also covers contentious areas of maternity care, such as new reproductive technologies and fetal surveillance.
Table of Contents
Women, society and the midwife. Women and sex. Women and poverty. The family. ‘Race' and ethnicity. Refugee women. Domestic abuse. Female genital mutilation. Transition to motherhood. Maternal infant attachment. The medicalisation of childbirth. Social support and childbirth. Fathers and childbirth. Unhappiness after childbirth. Disability and childbirth. Childbirth and the experience of sexual abuse during childhood. Assisted conception: threat or opportunity? Fetal surveillance. Breastfeeding: a natural phenomenon or a cultural construct?