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 turning out to be Public curiosity in being pregnant addresses how media impression and alterations in society have uncovered and commoditized being pregnant like by no means earlier than, whereas know-how has enabled us to proportion, checklist, and safeguard all elements of the being pregnant experience.
Each bankruptcy of the booklet makes a speciality of a side of the being pregnant event, together with efforts to look 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 handled in pop culture, and branding and advertising to pregnant undefined. Interviews with these advertising and marketing services and products to pregnant girls demonstrate how being pregnant is now "big business," whereas real-life tales from pregnant ladies and pictures from tv and picture serve to demonstrate our culture's fascination with being pregnant.
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91 Will doctors and nurses need to reexamine their bedside delivery practices because they are not only practicing their medical craft but also performing for the camera? Despite the Swedish Covenant Hospital’s efforts to turn away cameras, it will be interesting to see how other hospitals adapt to make themselves camera friendly. It was not long ago that the ultrasound room adapted itself to accommodate family viewing of the growing fetus. The birthing room has already accommodated extended family by creating a type of home living room experience.
18 The post went on to discuss a woman’s dissatisfaction with the pregnancy advice books she found at her local bookstore. Several moms-to-be soon responded with suggestions of many different types of books for her. 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.
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