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The Hospital is a Uterus

Western discourses of childbirth in late modernity - a case study from northern Italy

This anthropological study deals with how medical experts in Borgo, a northern Italian town, look at pregnancy and birth and the practical models they provide for how these should be carried out.

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Table of Contents

9

Contents

11

Acknowledgements

15

Introduction

27

1. Tales of birth

67

2. Preparing for birth

110

3. Introducing a dynamic element into obstetrics

137

4. "Don't be lik:e the suffering Madonna"

162

5. Birthing according to the experts

194

6. "A birth with a minimum of obstetrical intervention"

238

7. To have enough milk

278

Concluding remarks

287

Glossary

290

References

318

Index