The Politics of Pregnancy: Policy Dilemmas in the Maternal-Fetal Relationship

1st Edition

Janna C Merrick

Routledge
Published April 27, 1994
Reference - 262 Pages
ISBN 9781560230472 - CAT# HW11285

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Summary

Here is a comprehensive overview and analysis of issues concerning the maternal-fetal relationship, from abortion to surrogate motherhood. Unlike many books which cover reproductive issues in general, this book focuses in-depth on one aspect of reproduction--the maternal-fetal relationship--to give readers a detailed study of the many issues involved. The Politics of Pregnancy discusses public policy dimensions of this relationship and posits new, critical political dilemmas. Many chapters in this unique book also provide significant clinical information as well as conceptual analysis.

The Politics of Pregnancy offers great diversity in terms of the disciplinary backgrounds of the authors and their ideological perspectives. Authors come from many fields, including sociology, political science, pediatrics, ethics, and psychiatry, and provide diverse, sometimes opposing, analytical positions. Some of the topics they debate include:
  • maternal substance use during pregnancy
  • prenatal technology
  • pregnancy and workplace hazards
  • court-ordered obstetrical intervention
  • fetal experimentation

    Readers interested in public and health care policy, nursing, feminism, pediatrics, or ethics, will find The Politics of Pregnancy to be a stimulating and thought-provoking book. This volume also makes an excellent discussion tool for graduate courses in these areas.

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