Oxford University Press
By the mid-twentieth century, two things appeared destined for extinction in the United States: the practice of home birth and the profession of midwifery. Who were these self-proclaimed midwives and how did they learn their trade?
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Bodies of Knowledge
University of Chicago Press
Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, women argued that unless they gained access to information about their own bodies, there would be no equality. This argument paved the way for an important contribution to the study of the bodies—that marked the lives—of feminism’s second wave.
Building a Better Race
University of California Press
Analyzing a wide assortment of sources, including novels, women’s magazines, patient records, and scientific treatises, this book argues that eugenics has been central to modern ideas such as gender, sexuality, and the family.
“Psychedelic Birth: Bodies, Boundaries, and the Perception of Pain in the 1970s,”
Gender and History, Vol. 32 (1), pp. 70-85, March 2020.
“Back to Bed: From Hospital to Home Obstetrics in the City of Chicago,” Journal of
the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Vol. 73 (1), pp. 29-51, January 2018
“COVID-19 Exposes the Need for Midwives,” Washington Post, May 5, 2020
“Why Rumors of a Royal Home Birth were Greeted
So Differently in the U.K. and the U.S.,” Washington Post, May 7 2019
“To Lower Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates, We Need More Midwives,”
Washington Post, January 16, 2019