The Medicalization of Birth and Its Effects on Women's Perceptions of Birth

Calnan, Stephanie Patricia

This thesis explores the evolution of the birth model in America from a woman-centered, natural event to a medical procedure that occurs under the supervision of a doctor in a hospital. This transformation reflects the medicalization of birth. Medicalization is a phenomenon in which common or natural life events are problematized, labeled, and treated as an illness or disease. This th... read more

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