Birth Chairs, Midwives and Medicine
Paperback ISBN: 1578061725
There was a time when birth was treated as a natural process rather than a medical condition. Before 1800, women gave birth seated in birth chairs or on stools and were helped along by midwives. Then societal changes in attitudes toward women and the practice of medicine made birthing a province of the male-dominated medical profession. In Birth Chairs, Midwives, and Medicine, Amanda Carson Banks examines the history of the birth chair and tells how this birthing device changed over time. Through photographs, artists' renditions of births, interviews, and texts from midwives and early obstetricians, she creates an evolutionary picture of birthing practices and highlights the radical redefinition of birth that has occurred in the last two centuries. During the 1800s the change from a natural philosophy of birth to a medical one was partly a result of heightened understandings of anatomy and physiology. The medical profession was growing, and with it grew the awareness of the economic rewards of making delivery a specialized practice. In the background of the medical profession's rise was the prevailing perception of women as fragile invalids. Gradually, midwives and birth chairs were relegated to rural and isolated settings. The popularity of birth chairs has seen a revival in the late twentieth century as the struggle between medical obstetrics and the alternative birth movement has grown. As Banks shows through her careful examination of the chairs themselves, these questions have been answered and reconsidered many times in human history. Using the artifacts from the home and medical office, Banks traces sweeping societal changes in the philosophy of how to bring life into the world.
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1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1599212315
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From the Personal to the Political : Taking an Active Role in Prevention, Diagnosis, and Your Own Healing
Paperback ISBN: 0892814489
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The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program For Getting Pregnant And Having Healthy Babies
Paperback ISBN: 0316159212
Reveals the secrets of traditional Chinese medical practices and techniques designed to provide women with an effective, natural approach to supporting their efforts to become pregnant by enhancing overall health and well-being, strengthening the reproductive organs and systems, healing specific ailments that affect fertility, and supporting Western reproductive technologies. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
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Paperback ISBN: 0345388941
Details the perception of the breast in Western culture from ancient times to the present day, exploring the religious, medical, literary, artistic, political, psychoanalytical, and social perspectives from a male and female point of view
The Hormone Survival Guide for Perimenopause
Balance Your Hormones Naturally
Paperback ISBN: 0974206709
Explaining why women between the ages of 35 and 50 often experience significant changes in mood, weight, sex drive, and general well-being due to hormonal imbalances, this guide shows women how to regain control of their hormones?and their lives?and feel good again through natural means. Women who have had long-standing physical and emotional complaints written off by doctors as normal or genetic are provided with step-by-step solutions to such hormone-related problems as weight gain, fibroids, sex-drive doldrums, adult acne, depression, anxiety, irritability, chronic fatigue, and facial hair. Perimenopausal women will be able to regain control of their health by putting together a game plan for renewal?including hormone balancing and weight management plans that will help them feel better?with dramatic, life-changing results.
The V Book
A Doctor's Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health
Paperback ISBN: 0553381148
The first comprehensive guide to vulvovaginal health draws on the author's medical expertise to dispel common myths and misunderstandings, describe the causes and symptoms of various common ailments affecting women of all ages, and provide groundbreaking treatment guidelines for problems ranging from vaginitis to vulvodynia. Original.
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Paperback ISBN: 0865716927
The author, after coming to terms with the fact that the autism and cancer affecting her family were most likely the result of environmental toxins, drastically reduced the levels of all chemicals in both her home and work environments and reveals how readers can do the same. Original. 10,000 first printing.