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Allison B. Wolf
Simpson College
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In A Good Birth, obstetrician and bioethicist Anne Drapkin Lyerly aims to improve women’s experiences of childbirth in the United States by cutting through the vitriolic, shame-inducing, and blame-assigning language of what she terms “the birth wars”—the “polarized debate over where birth should be undertaken and how, who is the presumptive attendant, which professionals need to be supervised, and which way the money should flow”. Too often, women like Lyerly’s friend Erin, whom Lyerly interviewed for the book, are the casualties of the birth wars, as they feel ashamed, distraught, and guilty for not giving birth according to the dictates of a particular ideology. According to Lyerly, Erin planned to...
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DOI 10.3138/ijfab.10.2.31
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