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The Machine That Goes Ping!: Technology Fetishism and the Electronic Fetal Monitor

Louise Marie Roth

in The Business of Birth: Malpractice and Maternity Care in the United States

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781479812257
eISBN:
9781479826117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479812257.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter explores the use of electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) as a prime example of technology fetishism. EFM is not evidence based, but most maternity care providers routinely use it. ... More


The Business of Birth: Malpractice and Maternity Care in the United States

Louise Marie Roth

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781479812257
eISBN:
9781479826117
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479812257.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

The Business of Birth examines the effects of malpractice and reproductive rights laws on maternity care practices in the US from 1995 to 2015. It is a common public belief that frivolous malpractice ... More


Myths of Malpractice: Liability Risk in American Maternity Care

Louise Marie Roth

in The Business of Birth: Malpractice and Maternity Care in the United States

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781479812257
eISBN:
9781479826117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479812257.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter explores the institutional culture of American maternity care and analyzes the common belief that malpractice lawsuits are arbitrary, unpredictable, and irrational threats. The high cost ... More


If in Doubt, Cut It Out: Malpractice and Cesareans

Louise Marie Roth

in The Business of Birth: Malpractice and Maternity Care in the United States

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781479812257
eISBN:
9781479826117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479812257.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter examines the effects of malpractice on cesarean deliveries in light of historical trends and changes in the standard of care. Nearly one third of births in the US involve a cesarean ... More


Reproductive Regimes: The Legal Environment and Maternity Care in the United States

Louise Marie Roth

in The Business of Birth: Malpractice and Maternity Care in the United States

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781479812257
eISBN:
9781479826117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479812257.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter argues that defensive medicine is not a significant problem in American obstetrics, despite strong myths about it. Maternity care providers intervene into labor and birth more than is ... More


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