Shameless Self-Promotion: This is Kind of Neat :)
Kiki Zeldes and Judy Norsigian of Our Bodies Ourselves wrote an article that appears in the current issue of the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care (see the abstract). The piece describes the challenges of producing OBOS’s most recent book, “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth,” such the choice not to use the phrase “natural childbirth” and the decision-making around how to address pain-management topics.
Of the general approach, Zeldes and Norsigian ask:
“How do we fit all the practical and medical information and still have room for the personal stories, which are the heart of our books, as well as a critique of how our health care choices are constrained by political, social, and economic forces? How do we reflect the diversity of experiences, so that women whose pregnancy and birth stories have traditionally been ignored or silenced—single women, lesbian couples, HIV positive women, women who are experiencing violence or abuse—feel included? Somehow, even though we now had a whole book to devote to pregnancy and childbirth, there was still never enough room for all the rich debates, deeply felt personal experiences, and scientific research and analysis that we wanted to include.”
Anyway, I helped a bit, such as by finding some references for things like the percentage of male vs. female physicians and ob/gyn trainees, and the personally neat part is in the Acknowledgements: “We thank Christine Cupaiuolo, Heather Stephenson, and Rachel Walden.” So I’ve been an author on articles in a medical librarianship journal, but acknowledged in a medical informatics journal article and now “Birth” – kind of a funny combination! Wheee!🙂
Citation: Zeldes K, Norsigian J. Encouraging Women to Consider a Less Medicalized Approach to Childbirth Without Turning Them Off: Challenges to Producing Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth. Birth. 2008 Aug;35(3):245-249.