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Make Room for Daddy: The Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room

Make Room for Daddy: The Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room (Hardback)

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This title covers childbirth and what men have to do with it.In "Make Room for Daddy", historian Judith Walzer Leavitt offers a fascinating look at an important but long-neglected aspect of childbirth in America - the changing role of the expectant father.Leavitt uses fathers' first-hand accounts from letters, journals, and personal interviews along with hospital records and medical literature to offer a new perspective on the changing role of expectant fathers from the 1940s to the 1980s. She shows how, as men moved first from the hospital waiting room to the labor room in the 1960s, and then on to the delivery and birthing rooms in the 1970s and 1980s, they became progressively more involved in the birth experience and their influence over events expanded. With careful attention to power and privilege, Leavitt charts not only the increasing involvement of fathers, but also medical inequalities, the impact of race and class, and the evolution of hospital policies.Illustrated with more than seventy images from medical literature, films, and television shows such as "I Love Lucy", "All in the Family", and "Happy Days" and from popular magazines including "Ebony" and "McCall's", this book explores popular depictions as well as the real experiences of fathers across the country.

Telling much of the story using fathers' and mothers' own voices, this engaging book will strike a chord with many readers, reminding them of their own experiences even as it offers important new insights into childbirth in modern America.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHistory of medicinePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: customs & traditionsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSociologySociology: family & relationships Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press Publication Date: 15/05/2009 ISBN-13: 9780807832554  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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JUDITH WALZER LEAVITT is Rupple Bascom and Ruth Bleier Professor of Medical History and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is author of Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America, 1750-1950 and Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public's Health.

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