The Surprising History of How We Are Born

Book - 2006
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"Well-researched and engaging . . . Birth is a clever, almost irreverent look at an enduring everyday miracle. (A-)" --Entertainment Weekly
"Wonderful. Packed full of information, a brilliant mixture of ancient wisdom and modern science." --Kate Mosse, author of the New York Times best seller, Labyrinth
"Birth is a power-packed book. . . . A lively, engaging, and often witty read, a quirky, eye-opening account of one of life's most elemental experiences." -- The Boston Globe
Published to widespread acclaim, Tina Cassidy's smart, engaging book is the first world history of childbirth in fifty years. From evolution to the epidural and beyond, Tina Cassidy presents an intelligent, enlightening, and impeccably researched cultural history of how and why we're born the way we are. Women have been giving birth for millennia but that's about the only constant in the final stage of the great process that is human reproduction. Why is it that every culture and generation seems to have its own ideas about the best way to give birth? Cassidy explores the physical, anthropological, political, and religious factors that have and will continue to influence how women bring new life into the world.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780802143242
Branch Call Number: 618.2
Characteristics: 312 p. 23 cm.


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Jan 27, 2015

Ok please, everyone who is not pregnant but very fond of birth stories, don't get deceived by the title, this isn't the book for you...and if you're like me, a young 20 yr old lady who loves watching birth documentaries, please..this book won't tell lovely stories, it will scare the daylights out of everyone. All it shows are early c sections, yikes, gross, and a modern c section where a lady pukes on the table, and it is just full of non sense, as if saying that kids born under the help of pain relief won't be healthy, don't waste your time, also people who are expecting, don't read this.. Hospitals in canada won't do evil to you, as depicted in this book

Apr 11, 2012

Loved this book. It gives great accounts on how the world changed and how the birthing rituals changed with it. Something all women who have or are going to have a child, should read! I couldn't put it down. It gives great references and is VERY well researched. A great read for anybody wanting to learn more about how we manage through birth and how all the mumble gumble got thrown into the mix!

Sep 09, 2010

I really enjoyed this book. Like any good history book, it puts our modern practices into context. It was a fun read.


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Jan 27, 2015

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