By Mary M Lay

What roles should still midwives play inside of our healthcare approach? needs to they have qualified levels and be below the jurisdiction of a pro board? Do notions of gender create festival and erect limitations among the clinical professions? The Rhetoric of Midwifery bargains new insights into figuring out those questions in the context of our present-day scientific system.

As some degree of departure, Mary M. Lay analyzes the general public dialogue over non-academically trained-or direct-entry-midwives inside of Minnesota. From 1991-1995, that kingdom held public hearings in regards to the attainable licensing of conventional midwives. Lay specializes in those debates to learn the advanced relationships of strength, wisdom, and gender inside of the clinical occupation.

Lay examines the hearings and gives a framework for appreciating the value of those debates. She additionally information the historical past of midwifery, highlighting ongoing issues that experience surfaced ever considering the occupation used to be created, centuries ago.

within the ultimate chapters, she makes a speciality of the foremost stories provided throughout the debates. shooting the particular testimony of midwives, home-birth mom and dad, nurses, physicians, and legal professionals, The Rhetoric of Midwifery unearths how the trendy clinical career seeks to say authority approximately delivery. Lay bolsters her argument through culling from such assets akin to ancient records, an online dialogue crew, and conversations with sleek midwives

As our scientific healthcare procedure keeps to suffer convulsive switch, The Rhetoric of Midwifery will proceed to enlighten, problem, and inform.

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MANA and NARM hoped to reach midwives practicing in the United States who, before CPM certification, were "hindered" in their interactions with other health professionals and in their dealings with "agencies such as governments and insurance companies" ("Setting the Standards" 17). Thus, one goal of the NARM exam was to professionalize direct-entry midwives. During the Minnesota hearings, the NARM exam was discussed as a potential exam for Minnesota licensing, as NARM and MANA were lobbying for similar results in at least twenty other states (Davis-Floyd, "Development" 4).

Therefore, this book begins with Rita Ortiz telling her story to the Minnesota Page 18 Midwifery Study Advisory Group and traces the testimony and arguments that took place within the Minnesota hearings and subsequent public debates over a fouryear period (19911995). This study uses rhetorical theory to analyze the current testimony and debate as well as the historical conversations about midwifery and, in doing so, extends our understanding about the relationships among knowledge, discourse, gender, and power.

Midwives believe that women's bodies are well designed for birth and try to protect, support, and avoid interfering with the normal processes of labor, delivery, and the reuniting of the mother and newborn after their separation of birth" (2). Direct-entry midwives view nurse-midwives, given their required nursing training within nursing, as taught to be subordinate to physicians from whom they take orders and upon whom they rely in difficult cases. During lengthy interviews with direct-entry midwives, Davis-Floyd found that they tend to see nurse-midwives as more likely to accept a "medicalized, technological approach to birth that often creates pathology" and that produces midwives who are afraid of birth ("Birth of a Dream" 45).

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