Obstetricians Speak: On Training, Practice, Fear, and Transformation (Paperback)

Obstetricians Speak: On Training, Practice, Fear, and Transformation By Robbie Davis-Floyd (Editor), Ashish Premkumar (Editor) Cover Image
By Robbie Davis-Floyd (Editor), Ashish Premkumar (Editor)
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For the first time ever in a social science work, obstetricians tell their own stories of training, practice, fear, and transformation in this the first of the 3-volume series The Anthropology of Obstetrics and Obstetricians: The Practice, Maintenance, and Reproduction of a Biomedical Profession.

These stories range from those of abortion providers to those of maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Several chapters tell the stories of obstetricians who have made paradigm shifts from technocratic to humanistic practices, the benefits and joys of these paradigm shifts, and the ostracism, bullying, and outright persecution these humanistic obstetricians have suffered.

This book is a must-read for students, social scientists, and all maternity care practitioners who seek to understand the ideologies and motives of individual obstetricians.

An excerpt from Kathleen Hanlon-Lundberg's chapter:
Largely maligned in reproductive anthropological literature as callous-if not brutal-self-serving effectors of the over-medicalization of childbirth, most obstetricians whom I know and have worked with are devoted to providing respectful, individualized care to their patients.

About the Author

Ashish Premkumar MD is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, as well as a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist practicing at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Illinois. He is also a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at The Graduate School at Northwestern University.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781800738300
ISBN-10: 1800738307
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Publication Date: June 11th, 2023
Pages: 345
Language: English