Catching Babies: Professionalization of Childbirth, 1870-1920

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Using the methodology of social science theory, particularly quantitative statistical analysis and historical demography, Borst (history, U. of Alabama) examines the effects of gender, culture, and class on the transition to physician-attended child birth. She focuses on four representative countie

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Well-researched, well-written accounts such as "Catching Babies" will help to address the many concerns of health care and society in the twenty-first century. -- Sally S. McMillan "The Annals of the American Academy" A meticulously researched work...Borst offers a well-thought-out and nuanced analysis of how the conflict between professionalization and gender effected the transition to physician-attended births. -- Judy Barrett Litoff, Ph.D. "Journal of the American Medical Association" Borst has written an exacting history of midwifery and medicine at the turn of the twentieth century...Without a doubt this study is successful. The author's thorough use of various sources, including licensure records, educational information, and federal records, such as publications of the Children's Bureau, is outstanding. This impressive effort serves as a model for other studies to continue to explore detail and experience in the history of childbirth. -- Deborah Kuhn McGregor "Journal of American History" Borst's book...provides a historically accurate and intimate look into the lives of immigrant midwives in four Wisconsin counties from 1870 to 1920. The blend of social science theory, with its emphasis on gender, social class, ethnicity and culture, and historical demography, affords the reader a rare opportunity to examine the move from midwife-attended to physician-attended childbirth in the US within the context of a particular community...Well written, insightful, well documented, with 74 pages of endnotes and appendixes. An excellent work. Borst weaves a fascinating narrative from birth certificates, midwife and physician licenses, city directories and census data, in addition to more traditional historical sources. Her work breathes fresh air into debates over what happened to midwifery shortly after the turn of the last century...One of the most fascinating aspects of "Catching Babies" is the way Borst reveals the complex shifts in public views of medicine..."Catching Babies" will be widely read and particularly useful to midwives, nurses, doctors and consumer groups interested in restructuring birth to reflect both good medical science and women's social and cultural needs. -- Sheryl Burt Ruzek "Women's Review of Books" What has caused the change from midwife-attended to physician-attended childbirth has been a matter of great historical debate in recent years. Focusing on the United States in the early twentieth century, where the shift took place earlier and more rapidly than in many other westernized countries, Charlotte Borst offers a refreshing insight into these questions...For anyone interested in the professionalization of medicine and the rise of obstetrics in childbirth Borst's book provides much food for thought... H er study not only provides a rich account of the changes in midwifery and obstetric training but also highlights the importance of looking at local communal and neighbourhood networks in shaping the acceptance of 'scientific' ideas in medicine and determining the types of birth attendant. -- Lara Marks "Medical History" This meticulously researched and engagingly written contribution to the history of American midwifery is a fascinating account of the role midwives played in women's lives at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth. Charlotte Borst is impatient with the various historical narratives on the subject of childbirth that have assumed much with little evidence, and she sets the record straight on a number of historical issues in a study that is sensitive to gender, ethnicity, race, and class. Her book is a significant contribution to our understanding of the experience of birth in this country and of the professional and social contexts in which it occurred..."Catching Babies" is a fine study, a contribution not only to the history of medicine and science but to women's history and ethnic history more broadly. -- Regina Morantz-Sanchez "Isis" In other accounts of the decline of midwifery, historians have focused on the competition between physicians and midwives, suggesting that elitist physicians undermined the credibility of the midwife. Borst presents her own fresh and innovative view of the causes of this gradual change in birth attendants. She proposes that the inability of midwives to develop a truly professional approach to their craft contributed to their decline over these years, when both medicine and nursing began to develop as professions rather than vocations. The cultural, ethnic, and sex-based causes for this are well explored in the book..."Catching Babies" is clearly laid out, progressing from an analysis of midwifery to an evaluation of the changing training and focus of physicians. The arguments are easy to follow, well researched, and well substantiated by the depth of material presented. Borst's analysis of the influences of sex, class, and ethnic background is illuminating. The lessons she extracts from the Wisconsin experience can easily be extrapolated to the larger community. "Catching Babies" is a thought-provoking book, raising many questions about how we reached our present structure of care. Furthermore, it makes us consider how these same factors may influence the changes we are now struggling with in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology. This book is good reading for anyone interested in medical history, midwifery, or obstetrics, or anyone who simply wants to consider the influences of background, sex, class, and culture on our futures. -- Elizabeth J. Buechler, M.D. "New England Journal of Medicine" Borst deals expertly with the complexity of issues involved in trying to explain the relationship among the medical debate over midwifery, the professionalization of medicine, and the disappearance of midwives...[This book] is a significant addition to the growing literature on childbirth in America as well as the histories of medicine and immigrant life. -- Sylvia D. Hoffert "History of Education Quarterly" One of the strengths of "Catching Babies" is the opportunity it offers the reader to examine the experience of childbirth for lower class, immigrant, and rural womenBorst's analysis explores the transition from midwives to physicians in urban and rural Wisconsin, explaining the motivations and choices of lower class and immigrant midwives and mothersCatching Babies" is an excellent case study in the history of childbirth and professionalization; and the quantitative analysis offers a unique opportunity to study women who did not leave personal records, diaries, and letters about their experiences. -- Catherine Fitch "Women Historicans of the Midwest Newsletter" What has caused [the change from midwife-attended to physician-attended childbirth] has been a matter of great historical debate in recent years. Focusing on the United States in the early twentieth century, where the shift took place earlier and more rapidly than in many other westernized countries, Charlotte Borst offers a refreshing insight into these questions...For anyone interested in the professionalization of medicine and the rise of obstetrics in childbirth Borst's book provides much food for thought...[H]er study not only provides a rich account of the changes in midwifery and obstetric training but also highlights the importance of looking at local communal and neighbourhood networks in shaping the acceptance of 'scientific' ideas in medicine and determining the types of birth attendant. -- Lara Marks "Medical History" "In other accounts of the decline of midwifery, historians have focused on the competition between physicians and midwives, suggesting that elitist physicians undermined the credibility of the midwife. Borst presents her own fresh and innovative view of the causes of this gradual change in birth attendants. She proposes that the inability of midwives to develop a truly professional approach to their craft contributed to their decline over these years, when both medicine and nursing began to develop as professions rather than vocations. The cultural, ethnic, and sex-based causes for this are well explored in the book..."Catching Babies" is clearly laid out, progressing from an analysis of midwifery to an evaluation of the changing training and focus of physicians. The arguments are easy to follow, well researched, and well substantiated by the depth of material presented. Borst's analysis of the influences of sex, class, and ethnic background is illuminating. The lessons she extracts from the Wisconsin experience can easily be extrapolated to the larger community. "Catching Babies" is a thought-provoking book, raising many questions about how we reached our present structure of care. Furthermore, it makes us consider how these same factors may influence the changes we are now struggling with in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology. This book is good reading for anyone interested in medical history, midwifery, or obstetrics, or anyone who simply wants to consider the influences of background, sex, class, and culture on our futures." --Elizabeth J. Buechler, M.D., "New England Journal of Medicine" "A meticulously researched work...Borst offers a well-thought-out and nuanced analysisof how the conflict between professionalization and gender effected the transition to physician-attended births." --Judy Barrett Litoff, Ph.D., "Journal of the American Medical Association" "This meticulously researched and engagingly written contribution to the history of American midwifery is a fascinating account of the role midwives played in women's lives at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth. Charlotte Borst is impatient with the various historical narratives on the subject of childbirth that have assumed much with little evidence, and she sets the record straight on a number of historical issues in a study that is sensitive to gender, ethnicity, race, and class. Her book is a significant contribution to our understanding of the experience of birth in this country and of the professional and social contexts in which it occurred..."Catching Babies" is a fine study, a contribution not only to the history of medicine and science but to women's history and ethnic history more broadly." --Regina Morantz-Sanchez, "Isis" "Borst has written an exacting history of midwifery and medicine at the turn of the twentieth century...Without a doubt this study is successful. The author's thorough use of various sources, including licensure records, educational information, and federal records, such as publications of the Children's Bureau, is outstanding. This impressive effort serves as a model for other studies to continue to explore detail and experience in the history of childbirth." --Deborah Kuhn McGregor, "Journal of American History"--Sylvia D. Hoffert, "History of Education Quarterly" "What has caused [the change from midwife-attended tophysician-attended childbirth] has been a matter of great historical debate in recent years. Focusing on the United States in the early twentieth century, where the shift took place earlier and more rapidly than in many other westernized countries, Charlotte Borst offers a refreshing insight into these questions...For anyone interested in the professionalization of medicine and the rise of obstetrics in childbirth Borst's book provides much food for thought...[H]er study not only provides a rich account of the changes in midwifery and obstetric training but also highlights the importance of looking at local communal and neighbourhood networks in shaping the acceptance of 'scientific' ideas in medicine and determining the types of birth attendant." --Lara Marks, "Medical History" "Borst weaves a fascinating narrative from birth certificates, midwife and physician licenses, city directories and census data, in addition to more traditional historical sources. Her work breathes fresh air into debates over what happened to midwifery shortly after the turn of the last century...One of the most fascinating aspects of "Catching Babies" is the way Borst reveals the complex shifts in public views of medicine..."Catching Babies" will be widely read and particularly useful to midwives, nurses, doctors and consumer groups interested in restructuring birth to reflect both good medical science and women's social and cultural needs." --Sheryl Burt Ruzek, "Women's Review of Books" "Well-researched, well-written accounts such as "Catching Babies" will help to address the many concerns of health care and society in the twenty-first century." --Sally S. McMillan, "The Annals of the AmericanAcademy" "A superior book. What is new is the depth of the context and the descriptions of the actual, almost daily lives of the participants...It is one of the best books in medical history." --Gert Brieger, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine "Borst's book...provides a historically accurate and intimate look into the lives of immigrant midwives in four Wisconsin counties from 1870 to 1920. The blend of social science theory, with its emphasis on gender, social class, ethnicity and culture, and historical demography, affords the reader a rare opportunity to examine the move from midwife-attended to physician-attended childbirth in the US within the context of a particular community...Well written, insightful, well documented, with 74 pages of endnotes and appendixes. An excellent work." --"Choice"

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Charlotte G. Borst is Associate Professor of History, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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