New PDF release: A Womb With a View: America’s Growing Public Interest in

By Laura Tropp

Within the twenty first century, being pregnant is greater than a organic event—it's a cultural phenomenon. A Womb with a View: America's starting to be Public curiosity in being pregnant addresses how media impact and alterations in society have uncovered and commoditized being pregnant like by no means sooner than, whereas expertise has enabled us to proportion, checklist, and defend all points of the being pregnant experience.

Each bankruptcy of the e-book makes a speciality of a facet of the being pregnant event, together with efforts to see in and bond with the fetus, some of the methods of acquiring recommendation, the evolving function of expectant fathers, how being pregnant is depicted and taken care of in pop culture, and branding and advertising to pregnant undefined. Interviews with these advertising services to pregnant ladies exhibit how being pregnant is now "big business," whereas real-life tales from pregnant ladies and photographs from tv and picture serve to demonstrate our culture's fascination with being pregnant.

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46 This book is advertised as advice by regular moms for all pregnant women, and it illustrates the retrieval of communal advice sharing. At first, pregnancy books were written by “experts” who claim their role as authority figures. Thus, late 19th and early 20th century books are written both by doctors and nurses who gain their expert authority from their knowledge of the body and by ministers who claim their moral authority from a perceived higher authority. Now, advice books are written by celebrities and everyday moms who claim a knowledge that comes simply from experience.

The ability for this woman to select a book that suits her tastes did not emerge overnight. An examination of the rise of pregnancy advice books can be understood within the context of the shifting of authority of pregnancy from religious to medical authorities. Often cited as the first pregnancy advice book, The Byrth of Mankynde, otherwyse named the Womans Booke was published by Thomas Raynalde in 1540. 21 Early advice books for pregnant women typically fall into one of two tracts: those written by medical professionals and those written by religious leaders.

Ultrasound technology was significant because it allowed doctors to examine the fetus in unprecedented detail in a way that did not involve physically invading a woman’s body. Most gynecologists in Europe and United States were using ultrasound machines within a decade of their introduction in 1962. Prior to the late 1970s, ultrasounds produced low-resolution images that showed mostly a fetus’s bone tissue. 44 Parents who proudly show sonograms of their future child have Life magazine to thank for setting this precedent.

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