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Motherhood Lost

A Feminist Account of Pregnancy Loss in America

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Motherhood Lost by Linda L Layne
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Anthropologist Linda Layne takes a theoretically informed approach to the topic of miscarriage and stillbirth. About 20 per cent of all pregnancies in the U.S. end in miscarriage or stillbirth, yet pregnancy loss is not a socially accepted topic of discussion. To cope, many middle-class women join pregnancy loss support groups. Layne studies these groups and the rituals they create to help would-be-parents through their loss. The book takes an historical look at pregnancy loss in America and then moves to the present, examining how current reproductive technologies (home pregnancy tests, sonograms, etc.) and the abortion debate have reworked notions of "foetal personhood." Layne rounds out her argument by calling for feminists to put pregnancy loss on their agenda to help increase awareness about this hidden but painful subject and to effect necessary changes and improvements in the current socio-medical management of pregnancy loss.

Author Biography

Linda L. Layne is Hale Professor of Anthropology and Director of Graduate Studies on the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Release date NZ
December 12th, 2002
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
references, index
Imprint
Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Pages
368
Dimensions
152x229x23
ISBN-13
9780415911481
Product ID
1674412

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