Disciplinary discourses: Rates of cesarean section explained by medicine, midwifery, and feminism

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Abstract

In the context of international concern about increasing rates of cesarean sections, we used discourse analysis to examine explanations arising from feminism and the disciplines of medicine and midwifery, and found that each was positioned differently in relation to the rising rates. Medical discourses asserted that doctors are authorities on birth and that, although cesareans are sometimes medically necessary, women recklessly choose unnecessary cesareans against medical advice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448 - 467
Number of pages20
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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