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Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First
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Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First

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In this rare, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in hospitals across the country, a longtime medical insider and international authority on childbirth assesses the flawed American maternity care system, powerfully demonstrating how it fails to deliver safe, effective care for both mothers and babies. Written for mothers and fathers, obstetricians, nurses, midwives, scientists, insurance professionals, and anyone contemplating having a child, this passionate exposé documents how, in the most expensive maternity care system in the world, women have lost control over childbirth and what the disturbing results of this phenomenon have been. Born in the USA examines issues including midwifery and the safety of out-of-hospital birth, how the process of becoming a doctor can adversely affect both practitioners and their patients, and why there has been a rise in the use of risky but doctor-friendly interventions, including the use of Cytotec, a drug that has not been approved by the FDA for pregnant women. Most importantly, this gripping investigation, supported by many troubling personal stories, explores how women can reclaim the childbirth experience for the betterment of themselves and their children.

Born in the USA tells:

* Why women are 70% more likely to die in childbirth in America than in Europe

* What motivates obstetricians to use dangerous and unnecessary drugs and procedures

* How the present malpractice crisis has been aggravated by the fear of accountability

* Why procedures such as cesarean section and birth inductions are so readily used

Title:Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0520245962
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:305 pages
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    Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First Reviews

  • Liz Deren
    Mar 11, 2008

    After reading Birth by Tina Cassidy I was inspired to do more research on our maternity care system in the US. I was surprised about the high maternal-mortality rate in the US and wanted to read more....

  • Caitlin
    Jul 26, 2011

    If Dr. Wagner has presented his arguments and evidence with a little less vitriol I would have found this book to be much more compelling. I didn't necessarily disagree with anything he had to say, bu...

  • Meredith
    Jun 13, 2011

    This book is in the same vein as Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block. Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take ...

  • Bridget
    Dec 06, 2009

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It was kind of shocking and negative through most of it, with a laundry list of horrifying anecdotes. The author redeems himself at the end with real, concrete s...

  • Laura Vogt
    Feb 24, 2015

    This is a powerful, informative, detailed book. It is authoritative, researched and well-argued. I feel like the audience is other medical professionals rather than mothers-to-be. It is very informati...

  • Jenny
    Jul 12, 2007

    Read this book if you are pregnant, your partner is pregnant or you want to know more about the mistakes being made in the birth industry. Well written and researched. An oby-gyn and former director o...

  • s
    Dec 28, 2008

    definitely a good read--agree with bonnie that it was refreshing that the book was written by a man. however, it scared the crap out of me. granted, i believe it was this book specifically that gave m...

  • Ashlee
    May 26, 2014

    I can do dry reading. Heck, I'm a counselor, those texts aren't exactly a thrill a minute. But this has bored the living snot out of me and I LOVE and fully stand behind the topic. It's really that ba...

  • Christal
    Jul 25, 2012

    My hero. Dr. Wagner spills the beans on the horrific state of maternity care currently holding power in the United States. Time to topple the powers that be. ...

  • Alicia
    May 19, 2017

    wow, what a book. Full of cited sources, studies and relevant cases, this was a book a layman or a doctor could read and find relevant and informative. M. Wagner is an amazing voice on behalf of evide...