By Jennifer Block,

Book cover of Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

Book description

A ground-breaking narrative investigation of childbirth in the age of machines, malpractice, and managed care, Pushed presents the complete picture of maternity care in America. From inside the operating room of a hospital with a 44% Cesarean rate to the living room floor of a woman who gives birth with…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

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

I highly recommend this book because it is an excellent exposé written by a well-known journalist on what is wrong with childbirth and maternity care in the US. As I do in my book, Block shows that in this country, more than half of laboring women are unnecessarily given drugs to induce or speed up labor, and one-third have cesareans. Block poignantly asks, "When did birth become an emergency instead of an emergence?" She examines childbirth as a reproductive rights issue, insisting that women have the right to an optimal birth experience, and that right is not being upheld.…

Want books like Pushed?

Our community of 9,000+ authors has personally recommended 56 books like Pushed.

Browse books like Pushed

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in natural childbirth, childbirth, and reproductive rights?

9,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about natural childbirth, childbirth, and reproductive rights.

Natural Childbirth Explore 10 books about natural childbirth
Childbirth Explore 32 books about childbirth
Reproductive Rights Explore 22 books about reproductive rights