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  1. Making Room for Births That Are Not Good: Lessons From Cesarean Shame Shame.Kiera Keglowitsch & Michelle Meagher - 2022 - International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 15 (2):22-39.
    This article explores post-cesarean shame to understand how normative birthing ideals are tied to neoliberal and popular feminist expectations of what it means to be a “good” mother. Drawing on narratives shared on motherhood blogs, we note that feelings of shame associated with cesareans are tied to social pressures for unmedicated, vaginal birth. Rather than critique nonmedical or “natural” birth, this article explores the affective implications of approaching birth as a curated and controllable process. We conclude with suggestions for practitioners, (...)
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  • Constructing Subjectivity Through Labour Pain: A Beauvoirian Analysis.Sara Cohen Shabot - 2017 - European Journal of Women's Studies 24 (2):128-142.
    Traditional western conceptions of pain have commonly associated pain with the inability to communicate and with the absence of the self. Thus pain, it seems, must be avoided, since it is to blame for alienating the body from subjectivity and the self from others. Recent work on pain, however, has began to challenge these assumptions, mainly by discerning between different kinds of pain and by pointing out how some forms of pain might even constitute a crucial element in the production (...)
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  • Engaging with the 'Modern Birth Story' in Pregnancy: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of Women's Experiences Across Two Generations.Lesley Kay - unknown
    This in-depth qualitative study considered how women from two different generations came to understand birth in the context of their own experience but also in the milieu of other women’s stories. For the purposes of this thesis the birth story encompassed personal oral stories as well as media and other representations of contemporary childbirth, all of which had the potential to elicit emotional responses and generate meaning in the interlocutor. The research utilised a hermeneutic phenomenological approach underpinned by the philosophies (...)
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