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By Amanda Carson Banks

There has been a time whilst delivery used to be handled as a typical strategy instead of a clinical situation. prior to 1800, ladies gave delivery seated in delivery chairs or on stools and have been helped alongside through midwives. Then societal alterations in attitudes towards girls and the perform of medication made birthing a province of the male-dominated scientific career. In beginning Chairs, Midwives, and medication, Amanda Carson Banks examines the heritage of the start chair and tells how this birthing machine replaced over the years. via images, artists' renditions of births, interviews, and texts from midwives and early obstetricians, she creates an evolutionary photo of birthing practices and highlights the novel redefinition of start that has happened within the final centuries. throughout the 1800s the switch from a common philosophy of delivery to a scientific one was once in part end result of the heightened understandings of anatomy and body structure. The scientific occupation used to be turning out to be, and with it grew the notice of the industrial rewards of constructing supply a really good perform. within the history of the clinical profession's upward push used to be the existing belief of ladies as fragile invalids. steadily, midwives and delivery chairs have been relegated to rural and remoted settings. the recognition of start chairs has visible a revival within the past due 20th century because the fight among scientific obstetrics and the choice beginning circulation has grown. As Banks exhibits via her cautious exam of the chairs themselves, those questions were replied and reconsidered again and again in human heritage. utilizing the artifacts from the house and scientific workplace, Banks strains sweeping societal alterations within the philosophy of ways to carry lifestyles into the realm.

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Maternal health servicesHistory.  Title. 2'009dc21 99-27105 CIP British Library Cataloging-in-Publication Data available Page v For September 9, 1983 Page vii If there be sermons in stones, there are surely volumes of romances in old furniture. And they are the best kind of romances, too, because they are all true and not the labored efforts of fictionaries, jaded with trying to find some new thing under the sun. We have but to open our eyes and unstop our ears to the language of furniture and a whole new world, richly filled with stirring memories, at once breaks upon us.

Thank you. I would also like to acknowledge friends and family who have been supportive in numerous ways. Significantly, I would like to thank Jeremy Teaford, my photographic consultant; Gaia Banks, my translation consultant; Melanie Lewis, who let me share in her pregnancies down to the most minute detail; Tanja Cutting, for duty above and beyond the call of friendshipreading the first draft; Tyrone Yarbourgh, who told me that if I wanted to know about birth chairs, I needed to write the book; Hal Dasinger, for his critical eye, editing pen, and so much more; and my family: Marjorie and Doug Nunn, for joining in the process and tracking down birth chairs; Helen Banks, for her rousing encouragement; and Diane, Gaia, Carrie, Hosanna, and Clare, for listening to me endlessly opine on the topic.

Thank you. I would also like to acknowledge friends and family who have been supportive in numerous ways. Significantly, I would like to thank Jeremy Teaford, my photographic consultant; Gaia Banks, my translation consultant; Melanie Lewis, who let me share in her pregnancies down to the most minute detail; Tanja Cutting, for duty above and beyond the call of friendshipreading the first draft; Tyrone Yarbourgh, who told me that if I wanted to know about birth chairs, I needed to write the book; Hal Dasinger, for his critical eye, editing pen, and so much more; and my family: Marjorie and Doug Nunn, for joining in the process and tracking down birth chairs; Helen Banks, for her rousing encouragement; and Diane, Gaia, Carrie, Hosanna, and Clare, for listening to me endlessly opine on the topic.

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