Language

Dispelling the Disempowering Birth Vocabulary

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Publication Date: 
October 2008

This article presents a very basic challenge with regard to the way in which human beings enter into this world. This is not just a challenge to the medical model, but to ?natural childbirth? methods as well. It addresses the fundamentals of language that have guided our core concepts of sexuality and birth. It is not limited to the English language, but points out the roots of words from many languages that have contributed to world-wide attitudes and concepts.

References: 

Eaton, S.B., Shostak, M., & Konner, M., 1988. The paleolithic prescription. New York: Harper and Row, New York

Schiefenhovel, W. 1978. Childbirth among the Eipos, New Guinea. Film presented at the Congress of Ethnomedicine. Gottingen. Germany