Midwives and other health care professionals need to have a deep understanding of the various lives childbearing women live in order to support them insightfully and practise in a nuanced manner.
The Social Context of Birth has been revised, updated and enlarged to provide an essential understanding of the different lives women live and in which they birth their children. For the first time, it also contains original primary research on the perspectives of student midwives as they progress through their three year training. This comprehensive guide provides countless valuable insights into the many different lives, experiences and expectations of women in their childbearing years in the twenty-first century, especially vulnerable women. 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.
A true essential for all healthcare professionals who work with women giving birth, such as midwives, nurses, health visitors and obstetricians, and wish to deepen their knowledge of women’s lives.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Women and Society
Chapter 2. Women and Sex
Chapter 3. Women, Poverty and childbirth
[Caroline Squire ]
Chapter 4. The Family
[Val Dunn-Toroosian ]
Chapter 5. ‘Race’, Ethnicity, Culture and Childbirth
Chapter 6. Refugee Women
Chapter 7. Domestic Violence in Pregnancy
Chapter 8. Female Genital Mutilation
Chapter 9. Transition to Motherhood
Chapter 10. Maternal-infant Attachment
Chapter 11. The Medicalisation of Childbirth
Chapter 12. Socialisation of Midwifery
Chapter 13. Social Support and Childbirth
Chapter 14. Unhappiness after Childbirth
Chapter 15. Childbirth and Sexual Abuse during Childhood
Chapter 16. Young Mothers
Chapter 17. Women in Prison
Chapter 18. The New Reproductive Technologies: threat of opportunity?
Chapter 19. Fetal Surveillance
Chapter 20. Breastfeeding: a natural phenomenon or a cultural construct?
Chapter 21. Experiencing Disability
Caroline Squire recently retired as a senior lecturer at University of West London. She qualified as a midwife in 1981, practising in a variety of inner and outer London hospitals before qualifying as a lecturer in 1988. She has a particular interest in women’s studies and has an MSc in Medical Anthropology. She is also qualified as an Acupuncturist and Chinese medical herbalist.