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Published to widespread acclaim, Tina Cassidy's smart, engaging book is the first world history of childbirth in 50 years. From evolution to the epidural and beyond, Tina Cassidy presents an intelligent, enlightening, and impeccably researched cultural history of how and why we're born the way we are. Women have been giving birth for millennia, but that's about the only constant in the final stage of the great process that is human reproduction. Why is it that every culture and generation seems to have its own ideas about the best way to give birth? Cassidy explores the physical, anthropological, political, and religious factors that have and will continue to influence how women bring new life into the world.

©2006 Tina Cassidy. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • 02-24-16

important historical work, fascinating and fun

really interesting and informative historical work. it was well researched and written, and I thought also it did especially well at being non-biased regarding birth choices and care providers, when all was said and done.

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I could not get into this book

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I tried many times over several months--with time outs--to get into this book, but it didn't hold my interest, which is unusual because I love non-fiction books.

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Renewed appreciation for everyday miracles

Pretty much anyone contemplating birth needs to read or listen to this book. There are some dicey parts you might skip if you don't have the stomach for it but this is, after all, a comprehensive treatment from the lilting to the barbaric. But what really shines there is the miraculous nature of, well, nurture. That and the fleeting fads that come with every cultural shift to the next best thing. If nothing else every father to be ought to read the sections that cover doulas to fathers about 3/4 into the book. It's really helpful.

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Great insight into the history of birth

This book is not a epic adventure but a deep dive into the history of birth. It reads more like a textbook. There is a wealth of knowledge and surprising history in this book.