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Understanding Doulas and Childbirth

Women, Love, and Advocacy

Authors: Hunter, Cheryl A., Hurst, Abby

  • Offers a critique of the medicalization of childbirth from the perspectives of doulas
  • Provides narratives from doulas about high rates of medical interventions in childbirth
  • Represents a multidisciplinary approach from a sociologist and health care clinician
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About this book

This book contextualizes how having a doula, or labor-support woman, present during childbirth results in lower rates of medical interventions.   American women are inundated with views that childbirth is inherently risky, their bodies deficient, and therefore encouraged to accept the medicalized nature of childbirth resulting in high rates of unwarranted interventions that can pose significant risk in a normal pregnancy.   Why is birthing with a doula different? The narratives in this book support the belief that doulas often question the high rates of medical interventions in childbirth, fundamentally lodging a critique about the medicalization of childbirth to the women they serve. These stories share a very different philosophy about childbirth; one where the female body is capable, resilient, and not normally requiring external medical intervention.  Doulas enter into a care-provider relationship that focuses on the experience of the birth as something transformative, to be honored and centered on the woman’s body in an active role in the process. Lastly, doulas model to their clients both love and advocacy because doulas believe that modeling these behaviors will translate as women become mothers through the process of childbirth.      

About the authors

Cheryl A. Hunter is Assistant Professor in the department of Educational Foundations and Research at the University of North Dakota, USA.  As a sociologist, her research focuses on micro-level analyses: educational interactions that happen between individuals and the different intercultural contexts in which those interactions arise. She considers herself a translational researcher, producing research that reaches the people of which it is intended in a practical way and contributes to improving their life experiences or professional practice.     
Abby Hurst is a health care clinician and her research focuses on interprofessional communication between doulas and hospital-based maternity care providers.   Through her professional development and academic studies, she has slowly transitioned away from being a clinician based in the medical model, to being a patient advocate focused on the Shared Decision Making model.     

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Childbirth, Women, and Doulas

    Hunter, Cheryl A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • Nurses, Families, and Doulas: An Overview of Different Roles in Childbirth

    Hunter, Cheryl A. (et al.)

    Pages 25-49

  • Alienation and a Challenge to Authority in Childbirth

    Hunter, Cheryl A. (et al.)

    Pages 51-72

  • Birthing with Doulas: The Embodied Birth Experience

    Hunter, Cheryl A. (et al.)

    Pages 73-98

  • Love and Advocacy in Childbirth

    Hunter, Cheryl A. (et al.)

    Pages 99-124

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-48536-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-48535-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Doulas and Childbirth
Book Subtitle
Women, Love, and Advocacy
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48536-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48536-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48535-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 140
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