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Mainstreaming Midwives : The Politics of Change - Robbie Davis-Floyd

Mainstreaming Midwives

The Politics of Change

Paperback Published: 28th March 2006
ISBN: 9780415931519
Number Of Pages: 559

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Providing insights into midwifery, a team of reputable contributors describe the development of nurse- and direct-entry midwifery in the United States, including the creation of two new direct-entry certifications, the Certified Midwife and the Certified Professional Midwife, and examine the history, purposes, complexities, and the political strife that has characterized the evolution of midwifery in America.
Including detailed case studies, the book looks at the efforts of direct-entry midwives to achieve legalization and licensure in seven states: New York, Florida, Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, Colorado, and Massachusetts with varying degrees of success. It studies core issues which produce problems in mainstreaming midwives, including the tensions between the social activist midwifery movement and midwives' professionalization projects, "renegade" midwives who practice outside of state protocols, and home-to-hospital transport.
The conclusion describes the barriers to the growth and prospering of American midwifery and efforts to overcome them, focusing deeply on "why midwives matter" to American birthgiving women and why midwives should be the primary caregivers in this country for pregnancy and birth. Mainstreaming Midwives is essential reading for every midwife and midwifery supporter, and for social scientists seeking to understand how marginalized professionals work to move into the mainstream.

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"The works is at its strongest when examining the impacts of having a fractionalized movement, exploring the tensions between a need for movement unity while also maintaining space for differences in midwifery philosophy and practice." -- Natasha Pinerics, Atlantis, 2008

Glossary of Frequently Used Acronymsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Developing Direct-Entry Midwifery in the United Statesp. 27
ACNM and MANA: Divergent Histories and Convergent Trendsp. 29
Idealism and Pragmatism in the Creation of the Certified Midwife: The Development of Midwifery in New York and the New York Midwifery Practice Act of 1992p. 81
Qualified Commodification: The Creation of the Certified Professional Midwifep. 163
State-Based Studies in the Legislation of Direct-Entry Midwiferyp. 205
"The Governor's Full Support": Legalizing Direct-Entry Midwifery in Floridap. 211
Minnesota Direct-Entry Midwives: Achieving Legislative Success through Focusing on Families, Safety, and Women's Rightsp. 261
Risks, Costs, and Effects of Homebirth Midwifery Legislation in Coloradop. 289
"Every Breath Is Political, Every Woman's Life a Statement": Cross-Class Organizing for Midwifery in Virginiap. 311
"I'm living my politics": Legalizing and Licensing Direct-Entry Midwives in Iowap. 347
Creating a Way out of No Way: Midwifery in Massachusettsp. 375
Core Issues in Mainstreaming Midwivesp. 411
From Calling to Career: Keeping the Social Movement in the Professional Projectp. 413
Renegade Midwives: Assets or Liabilities?p. 447
Home to Hospital Transport: Fractured Articulations or Magical Mandorlas?p. 469
Why Midwives Matter: Overcoming Barriers to Caretake the Power of Birthp. 507
Contributorsp. 541
Indexp. 547
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ISBN: 9780415931519
ISBN-10: 0415931517
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 559
Published: 28th March 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 16.36  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1