New PDF release: A Womb With a View: America’s Growing Public Interest in

By Laura Tropp

Within the twenty first century, being pregnant is greater than a organic event—it's a cultural phenomenon. A Womb with a View: America's transforming into Public curiosity in being pregnant addresses how media impression and alterations in society have uncovered and commoditized being pregnant like by no means earlier than, whereas know-how has enabled us to percentage, list, and guard all points of the being pregnant experience.

Each bankruptcy of the booklet specializes in a side of the being pregnant adventure, together with efforts to look in and bond with the fetus, a few of the methods of acquiring recommendation, the evolving function of expectant fathers, how being pregnant is depicted and taken care of in pop culture, and branding and advertising and marketing to pregnant undefined. Interviews with these advertising services to pregnant ladies display how being pregnant is now "big business," whereas real-life tales from pregnant girls and pictures from tv and picture serve to demonstrate our culture's fascination with being pregnant.

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In her extensive work on this subject, she has explored the disparity between the intentions of the creators of the technology and the unexpected results of it. ”46 In the 1980s, scientists began studies to measure the effectiveness of fetal ultrasounds on parental bonding. 48 Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, the ultrasound refers to the technology, while the sonogram refers to the picture that is produced as a result of the technology. Today, the sonogram image has become ubiquitous.

This involvement can take a number of forms. A Window into the Womb 25 More prospective parents are using some form of prenatal screening to test their newborn for a variety of conditions. 63 More advanced research has led to tests that screen much earlier in the pregnancy. 65 For some, the prenatal screening is a blessing, as surgery can cure many conditions. Parents may choose to abort a fetus that would otherwise be born with birth defects. Others see the screening as a burden. 66 With fetal testing come new lawsuits in the area of reproductive law.

In earlier periods, the imagination of women was thought to influence their fetus. Later, the anxiety of women was treated as a mental illness. The focus on the psyche of pregnant women manifests itself today in how the public worries about the physical and mental environment of pregnant women. 93 Today, we are less interested in psychoanalyzing pregnant women but are quick to warn them about how they may hurt their fetus through their lifestyle choices. New studies come out regularly that connect a pregnant woman’s food choices to the weight of her baby, her exposure to fever and disorders in the fetus, and stress levels to fetal development.

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