The Fallacy of the Perfect Birth

The Fallacy of the Perfect Birth

In our book A Womb of Her Own (Routledge, 2017) author Helena Vissing writes as follows:

In the idealization of birth, the negative aspects are split off and understood explicitly as the result of an unhealthy and/or abusive obstetric system and implicitly as a woman’s failure to assert and empower herself.

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Anxieties of Childbirth

Anxieties of Childbirth

In our book A Womb of Her Own, (Routledge, 2017) author Helena Vissing writes as follows:

Balsam is in line with Holmes (2008) on the potential for psychic restructuring in childbirth: “It seems that the experience of childbirth may be so potent that the regression mobilized in the service of the ego may even make room for internalization of an alternative mothering experience for a birthing woman.” (2012,

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Birth Rights and Ideology

Birth Rights and Ideology

In her volume A Womb of Her Own (Routledge, 2017) Author Helena Vissingwrites as follows:

Despite the influences of the Birth Rights Movement over the past decades, we continue to see a significant increase in the medicalization of childbirth as evidenced by increasing Caesarean section rates (Jones,

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