Male appropriation and medicalization of childbirth: an historical analysis.

  title={Male appropriation and medicalization of childbirth: an historical analysis.},
  author={Heather Cahill},
  journal={Journal of advanced nursing},
  volume={33 3},
  • H. Cahill
  • Published 28 February 2001
  • Medicine
  • Journal of advanced nursing
AIMS OF THE PAPER This paper aims to explore through historical analysis some of the means by which medicine successfully appropriated and medicalized pregnancy and childbirth and to consider the impact that this has had on women's experiences within maternity care. BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE The appropriation and medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth by men are rooted in a patriarchal model that has been centuries in the making. A model that perceives women as essentially abnormal, as… 
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