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Here is a listing of resources about the history of reproductive health and birthing in the U.S. tweeted by @funkandbeans.
1. “For Her Own Good”–Ehrenreich and English
2. “Killing the Black Body”–Dorothy Roberts
3. Wertz, Richard W. and Wertz, Dorothy C. 1977 Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America. New Haven: Yale
4. Susie, Debra Anne.1988 In the Way of Our Grandmothers: A Cultural View of TwentiethCentury Midwifery in Florida. Athens: University of Georgia Press.
5. Sterk, Helen M., Carla Hay, Alice B. Kehoe, Krista Ratcliffe, and Leona G. VandeVusse. 2002 Who’s Having This Baby: Perspectives on Birthing. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.
6. Speert, Harold.1980 Obstetrics and Gynecology in America: A History. Baltimore: Waverly Press, Inc.
7. Rothman, Barbara Katz. 1993 Encyclopedia of Childrearing: Critical Perspectives. Phoenix: The Oryx Press.
8. Pringle, Rosemary1998 Sex and Medicine: Gender, Power, and Authority in the Medical Profession. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
9. Leavitt, Judith Walzer. 1987 “The Growth of Medical Authority: Technology and Morals in Turn-of-the-Century Obstetrics.” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 1(3). September. 230-255.
10. Fraser, Gertrude Jacinta.1998 African American Midwifery in the South: Dialogues of Birth, Race, and Memory. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
11. Barbara Ehrenreich and Barbara English. 1973 Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers. Old Westbury: The Feminist Press.
12. Daly, Mary. 1990 Gyn/ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism. Boston: Beacon Press.
13. Conrad, Peter 2000 “Medicalization and Social Control” Pp. 104-129 in Perspectives in Medical Sociology, edited by Phil Brown. Prospect Heights: Waveland Press, Inc.
14. Bogdan, Janet Carlisle. 1990 “Childbirth in America, 1650 to 1990. Pp 101-120 in Women, Health, and Medicine in America: A Historical Handbook, edited by Rima D. Apple. New York: Garland Publishing.
15. Apple, Rima D. 1990 Women, Health, and Medicine in America. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc.
16. Auerbach, Elizabeth S. 1968 “Black Midwives in Mississippi: The Professionalizing of a Folk Role.” Human Mosaic. 3(1). 125-132.
17. Barker, Kristin K. 1993 “Birthing and Bureaucratic Women: Gender, Professionalization, and the Construction of Medical Needs, 1920-1935.” Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
18. Borst, Charlotte G. 1995 Catching Babies: The Professionalization of Childbirth, 1870-1920. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
19. Davis, Sheila P., and Cora A. Ingram.1993 “Empowered Caretakers: A Historical Perspective on the Roles of Granny Midwives in Rural Alabama” Pp. 191-201 in Wings of Gauze, edited by Barbara Bair and Susan E. Cayleff. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
20. Bonaparte, Alicia D. 2007. “The Persecution and Prosecution of Granny Midwives in South Carolina, 1900-1940”. Ph.D. Dissertation, Dept. of Sociology, Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN.