Blessed Events

By Pamela E. Klassen,

Book cover of Blessed Events: Religion and Home Birth in America

Book description

Blessed Events explores how women who give birth at home use religion to make sense of their births and in turn draw on their birthing experiences to bring meaning to their lives and families. Pamela Klassen introduces a surprisingly diverse group of women, in their own words, while also setting…

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1 author picked Blessed Events as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Blessed Events started me on my journey to study birth and religious and spiritual meaning making.

In this book, Klassen uses an ethnographic approach to interview a wide spectrum of women who have chosen home birth and understand the act in religious terms. Placing these intimate portraits of women from a variety of religious and spiritual perspectives in the context of religious and medical theory and history, Klassen makes a strong case for birth as a site for religious and spiritual experience.

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