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From Here to MaternityBecoming a Mother$
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Ann Oakley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447349341

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447349341.001.0001

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Mothers and Medical People

Mothers and Medical People

(p.263) 12 Mothers and Medical People
From Here to Maternity

Ann Oakley

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the mothers' encounters with health professionals, which have become a central theme in the transition to motherhood. How mothers feel about their health care has become an inseparable part of having and rearing a baby. Everybody knows that reproduction is a medical business, but not everybody feels the same way about it. The satisfactions and dissatisfactions mothers exhibit towards hospital doctors, GPs, midwives, and health visitors depend on the attitudes they have towards them. While some are happy to place themselves and their babies in medical hands, others suspect that useful advice can be given without medical training; some may argue that medical experts are only experts by virtue of their own belief in a false image.

Keywords:   health professionals, health care, doctors, medical training, medical experts

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