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Risk, Pregnancy and Childbirth


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1. Risk in pregnancy and birth: are we talking to ourselves? Kirstie Coxon The Emergence of Risk Discourses in Pregnancy and Childbirth: Medicalisation, Feminism and Eugenics 2. Pregnancy, birth and risk: an introduction Barbara Katz Rothman 3. 'Knowledge is power': risk and the moral responsibilities of the expectant mother at the turn of the twentieth century Helga Kristin Hallgrimsdottir Risky Pregnancy Behaviour: Self-governance and surveillance of pregnant women, 4. 'I don't think it's risky, but...': pregnant women's risk perceptions of maternal drinking and smoking Raphae l Hammer 5. The risk of being 'too honest': drug use, stigma and pregnancy Camille Stengel 6. 'Why take chances?' Advice on alcohol intake to pregnant and non-pregnant women in four Nordic countries Anna Leppo Birth and Risk Management: Managing the Risks of the Birthplace 7. To what extent are women free to choose where to give birth? How discourses of risk, blame and responsibility influence birth place decisions Kirstie Coxon 8. Negotiating risky bodies: childbirth and constructions of risk Rachelle Joy Chadwick 9. Pluralist risk cultures: the sociology of childbirth in Vanuatu Karen Lane 10. Time, risk and midwife practice: the vaginal examination Mandie Scamell 11. Pregnancy, risk perception and use of complementary and alternative medicine Mary Mitchell 12. Fateful moments and the categorisation of risk: Midwifery practice and the ever-narrowing window of normality during childbirth Mandie Scamell

About the Author

Kirstie Coxon is Associate Professor in the Department of Midwifery, Kingston and St George's Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, London. She is a registered nurse and midwife with a masters degree in Health Policy and a PhD in Health Studies, and has developed a publication profile in relation to risk in maternity care. Mandie Scamell is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, City, University London. Mandie is a registered midwife who has a doctoral degree in social policy. She has a growing publication profile in risk and midwifery practice. Andy Alaszewski is Emeritus Professor at the University of Kent and founding editor of Health Risk and Society. He is an applied social scientist who has been involved in research on health policy and risk for over 40 years.

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