Birth Control: The Insidious Power of Men Over Motherhood

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This "definitive book about the trauma and tragedy of the American childbirth experience" (Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her) exposes the dangerous misogyny that permeates pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood.

Modern medicine should make pregnancy and childbirth safer for all. But in Birth Control, award-winning journalist Allison Yarrow reveals how women are controlled, traumatized, injured, and even killed because of the traditionalist practices of medical professionals and hospitals.

Ever since doctors stole control of birth from midwives in the 19th century, women have been steamrolled by a male-dominated medical establishment that has everyone convinced that birthing bodies are inherently flawed and that every pregnancy is a crisis that it alone can "solve." Common medical practices and procedures violate human rights and the law, yet take place daily. Misogyny and racism, not scientific evidence and support, shape the overwhelming majority of America's four million annual births.

Drawing on extensive reporting, expert interviews, an original survey of 1,300 mothers, and her own personal experiences, Yarrow documents how modern maternal health care is insidiously, purposefully designed to take power from women to the detriment of their physical and mental health--not just during labor, but for years after. She then shows a better way, exploring solutions both cutting-edge and ancient to--finally--return power and control to birthing people.

Full of urgent insights and heartfelt emotion, Birth Control is an explosive call to action.

Author: Allison Yarrow
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Seal Press (CA)
Published: 07/18/2023
Pages: 304
Weight: 1.1lbs
Size: 9.40h x 6.00w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781541619319

About the Author

Allison Yarrow is an award-winning journalist, speaker, and author of 90s Bitch, a finalist for the Los Angeles Press Club book award. She was a National Magazine Award Finalist, a TED resident, a producer at NBC News and Vice, a reporter and editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and her writing and commentary have appeared in many publications.