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Author Reed, Richard K., 1954-

Title Birthing fathers : the transformation of men in American rites of birth / Richard K. Reed.

Publication Info. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2005]


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Description 1 online resource (ix, 259 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-255) and index.
Contents American fathers and hospital childbirth -- Couvade in society and history -- Standing vigil: fathers in the waiting room, 1920-1970 -- Birthing revolution: men to the barricades -- Birthing classes: training men to birth -- Men's experience of birth -- Fathers, birth, and society.
Note Print version record.
Summary In the past two decades, men have gone from being excluded from the delivery room to being admitted, then invited, and, finally, expected to participate actively in the birth of their children. No longer mere observers, fathers attend baby showers, go to birthing classes, and share in the intimate, everyday details of their partners' pregnancies. In this unique study, Richard Reed draws on the feminist critique of professionalized medical birthing to argue that the clinical nature of medical intervention distances fathers from child delivery. He explores men's roles in childbirth and the ways in which birth transforms a man's identity and his relations with his partner, his new baby, and society. In other societies, birth is recognized as an important rite of passage for fathers. Yet, in American culture, despite the fact that fathers are admitted into delivery rooms, little attention is given to their transition to fatherhood. The book concludes with an exploration of what men's roles in childbirth tell us about gender and American society. Reed suggests that it is no coincidence that men's participation in the birthing process developed in parallel to changing definitions of fatherhood more broadly. Over the past twenty years, it has become expected that fathers, in addition to being strong and dependable, will be empathetic and nurturing. Well-researched, candidly written, and enriched with personal accounts of over fifty men from all parts of the world, this book is as much about the birth of fathers as it is about fathers in birth.
Subject Childbirth -- Social aspects -- United States.
Birth customs -- United States.
Labor (Obstetrics) -- United States.
Natural childbirth -- United States.
Fatherhood -- United States.
Fathers -- United States -- Psychology.
Fathers -- United States -- Attitudes.
Men -- United States -- Attitudes.
Father and infant.
Labor, Obstetric.
Anthropology, Cultural.
Delivery, Obstetric.
Fathers -- psychology.
United States.
MEDICAL -- Gynecology & Obstetrics.
Birth customs. (OCoLC)fst00833248
Childbirth -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00854798
Father and infant. (OCoLC)fst00921840
Fatherhood. (OCoLC)fst00921848
Fathers -- Attitudes. (OCoLC)fst00921866
Fathers -- Psychology. (OCoLC)fst00921881
Labor (Obstetrics) (OCoLC)fst00989845
Men -- Attitudes. (OCoLC)fst01015981
Natural childbirth. (OCoLC)fst01033983
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Other Form: Print version: Reed, Richard K., 1954- Birthing fathers. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2005 0813535166 0813535174 (DLC) 2004011740 (OCoLC)55228715
ISBN 0813537819 (electronic bk.)
9780813537818 (electronic bk.)
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