||Current Events and Issues/Health and Medicine
Pregnancy and Birth: A Reference Handbook provides students with information too often ignored in sex education—on what pregnancy and birth are, have been, and can be as transformative personal and social events.
Pregnancy and Birth: A Reference Handbook is a woman-centered reference book on pregnancy and childbirth in the United States. The medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth is a theme; however, primary emphasis is on the historical and contemporary significance of alternatives to medicalization provided by the Midwifery Model of Care and how that can improve outcomes for all, but especially underserved women.
The volume opens with a background and history of the topic, followed by a chapter on related problems, controversies, and solutions. A Perspectives chapter contains essays from a variety of individuals who are invested in the topic of pregnancy and birth. The remaining chapters provide students with additional information, such as profiles, data and documents, resources, a chronology, and a glossary. This book is accessible to high school and college-level researchers, as well as general-interest readers curious about the topic.
- Introduces readers to a perspective on U.S. pregnancy and childbirth that is woman-centered
- Centers the historical and contemporary significance of midwives and the Midwives Model of Care
- Illuminates the strength of U.S obstetric dominance by reporting legislative and policy barriers limiting women's access to midwifery care
- Highlights both the racial-ethnic disparities across the birth provider workforce and racial-ethnic disparities in U.S. birth outcomes
- Highlights regional disparities, with specific attention to rural communities, in U.S. birth outcomes
- Series Description
Contemporary World Issues
This award-winning series offers comprehensive, one-volume reference handbooks on important topics related to health, education, the environment, and social and ethical issues.
24-hour cable news. Millions of internet sites. Information overload. How can we sort through the information? Assess the analyses? Trust the sources?
A world of questions demands a library of answers. Contemporary World Issues covers the controversial topics that students, readers, and citizens want to read about, write about, and know more about.
- Subject coverage spans six main categories:
Gender and Ethnicity
Politics, Law, and Government
Science, Technology, and Medicine
Each volume offers a rich array of resources:
- A background and history essay that provides essential context and grounding for further study
A balanced summary of ongoing controversies and proposed solutions that show numerous paths for further research on pressing, contemporary questions
A forum of authoritative perspective essays by experts, offering a broad spectrum of arguments on the issues
Carefully selected annotated documents, tables, and graphs that support statistical literacy and investigation of primary sources
A chronology of events, legislation, and movements that place events in sequence and draw connections between them
Annotated lists of print, web, and multimedia resources that power the next steps for in-depth research
Profiles of key players and organizations
A glossary of key terms
- Author Info