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The Resource Lamaze : an international history, Paula A. Michaels

Lamaze : an international history, Paula A. Michaels

Label
Lamaze : an international history
Title
Lamaze
Title remainder
an international history
Statement of responsibility
Paula A. Michaels
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Lamaze method is virtually synonymous with natural childbirth in America. In the 1970s, taking Lamaze classes was a common rite of passage to parenthood. The conscious relaxation and patterned breathing techniques touted as a natural and empowering path to the alleviation of pain in childbirth resonated with the feminist and countercultural values of the era. In Lamaze, historian Paula Michaels tells the surprising story of the Lamaze method from its origins in the Soviet Union in the 1940s, to its popularization in France in the 1950s, and then to its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s in the US. Michaels shows how, for different reasons, in disparate national contexts, this technique for managing the pain of childbirth without resort to drugs found a following. The Soviet government embraced this method as a panacea to childbirth pain in the face of the material and fiscal shortages that followed World War II. Heated and sometimes ideologically inflected debates surrounded the Lamaze method as it moved from East to West amid the Cold War. Physicians in France sympathetic to the communist cause helped to export it across the Iron Curtain, but politics alone fails to explain why French women embraced this approach. Arriving on American shores around 1960, the Lamaze method took on new meanings. Initially it offered a path to a safer and more satisfying birth experience, but overtly political considerations came to the fore once again as feminists appropriated it as a way to resist the patriarchal authority of male obstetricians. Drawing on a wealth of archival evidence, Michaels pieces together this complex and fascinating story at the crossroads of the history of politics, medicine, and women. The story of Lamaze illuminates the many contentious issues that swirl around birthing practices in America and Europe. Brimming with insight, Michaels' engaging history offers an instructive intervention in the debate about how to achieve humane, empowering, and safe maternity care for all women"--
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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MiAaPQ
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1966-
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Michaels, Paula A.
Dewey number
618.4/5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RG661
LC item number
.M48 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Oxford studies in international history
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  • Natural childbirth
  • Natural childbirth
  • Lamaze, Fernand
Label
Lamaze : an international history, Paula A. Michaels
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Medicalized Childbirth and Natural Childbirth -- 3. The Soviet Method, 1936-51 -- 4. "Science Knows No Borders": Psychoprophylaxis in France, 1951-56 -- 5. "Passionate Controversies": Conflict and Change in Psychoprophylaxis across Europe in the 1950s -- 6. Lamaze Goes Global, 1957-67 -- 7. American Gains and Global Decline, 1968-80 -- 8. Epilogue: Revolution or Cooptation?
Control code
EBC1611788
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (259 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199377497
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Other physical details
illustrations.
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (MiAaPQ)EBC1611788
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL1611788
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10837077
  • (CaONFJC)MIL573905
  • (OCoLC)870757258
Label
Lamaze : an international history, Paula A. Michaels
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Medicalized Childbirth and Natural Childbirth -- 3. The Soviet Method, 1936-51 -- 4. "Science Knows No Borders": Psychoprophylaxis in France, 1951-56 -- 5. "Passionate Controversies": Conflict and Change in Psychoprophylaxis across Europe in the 1950s -- 6. Lamaze Goes Global, 1957-67 -- 7. American Gains and Global Decline, 1968-80 -- 8. Epilogue: Revolution or Cooptation?
Control code
EBC1611788
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (259 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199377497
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Other physical details
illustrations.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC1611788
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL1611788
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10837077
  • (CaONFJC)MIL573905
  • (OCoLC)870757258

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