The Drama of Childbirth

Gray, Jane (2000) The Drama of Childbirth. Irish Sociological Chronicles, 3. pp. 247-259.

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In 1999, the organization Cuidiu-Irish Childbirth Trust published the third edition of its “Consumer Guide” to maternity services, with the assistance of the Department of Health and Children. One of the principal trends Cuidiu identified was an increase in the percentage of births by caesarean section. In this respect, Ireland appears to be ‘catching up’ with many other European states. Some commentators suggested that patient preference has contributed to the increasing number of caesarean sections in Ireland. In the personal view of Cuidiu’s President, Sue Jameson, women’s expectations for a “perfect, pain-free birth” had increased the likelihood of intervention.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published in Mary P. Corcoran and Michel Peillon, eds. Ireland Unbound: A Turn of the Century Chronicle.
Keywords: Childbirth
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
Item ID: 610
Depositing User: Dr. Jane Gray
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2007
Journal or Publication Title: Irish Sociological Chronicles
Publisher: Dublin: Institute of Public Administration
Refereed: Yes

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