Pregnancy in Practice

Pregnancy in Practice

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Babies are not simply born-they are made through cultural and social practices. Based on rich empirical work, this book examines the everyday experiences that mark pregnancy in the US today, such as reading pregnancy advice books, showing ultrasound qbaby picturesq to friends and co-workers, and decorating the nursery in anticipation of the new arrival. These ordinary practices of pregnancy, the author argues, are significant and revealing creative activities that produce babies. They are the activities through which babies are made important and meaningful in the lives of the women and men awaiting the child's birth. This book brings into focus a topic that has been overlooked in the scholarship on reproduction and will be of interest to professionals and expectant parents alike.Mitchell, in her study of fetal ultrasound imaging in Canadian hospitals, notes that doctors hired sonographers a€œnot just ... At the clinic where Joan worked, women were instructed to drink water before they arrived as its presence in the bladder provided a medium for the sonar. I observed that women followed the instructions .

Title:Pregnancy in Practice
Author: Sallie Han
Publisher:Berghahn Books - 2013-07-15

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