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Title:
The myth of the perfect pregnancy : a history of miscarriage in America
ISBN:
9780190869816
Physical Description:
xi, 236 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents:
Introduction -- Childbearing in Colonial America -- Planning the baby: fertility control from withdrawal to the pill -- Bonding with the baby: the changing meaning of parenting -- Taking care of the baby: prenatal care at the doctor's office and beyond -- Buying for the baby: marketing to expectant parents -- Imagining the baby: debating abortion -- Seeing the baby: the ultrasound ritual -- Detecting the baby: the home pregnancy test.
Summary:
A historical exploration of the history of miscarriage and the development of the current childbearing culture in America, with its expectation of carefully planned, assiduously tended, and emotionally precious pregnancies.
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