Reproductive Justice and Women’s Voices

Reproductive Justice and Women’s Voices

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Reproductive rights are human rights. Reproductive Justice and Women's Voices: Health Communication across the Lifespan offers an in-depth analysis of womena€™s reproductive health in a transformative, sociopolitical moment that is redefining womena€™s access to health care; reducing disparities in maternal and child health is a critical public health goal for the United States. Sundstrom contributes to patient-centered public health by analyzing womena€™s reproductive health across the lifespan. Four critical body episodes: contraceptive use dynamics, pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-partum period explicate womena€™s understandings of control and embodiment in the context of technology. Womena€™s meaning making of each body episode is interrogated in three areas: (1) the physiological experience of reproductive health, (2) perceptions of medicine and the biomedical model, and (3) opinions of mediated messages about reproduction, including new media. Through stories and silence, the women interviewed in this book demand accurate information, including the risks and benefits of health care, and access to reproductive services and technologies. The analysis disrupts the nature/technology dualism and reconceptualizes health outside of the normative processes of menstruation, pregnancy, and childbirth. By talking with women, this study privileges womena€™s decision-making about reproductive health and offers insight for how womena€™s partners, families, and health care providers can support them in this process.I dona#39;t want to stay this way. . . . Ita#39;s like a constant conversation with women, I swear. How do we lose weight?a€ Another participant reinforced the ubiquity of weight in the lives of women, while acknowledging that too much emphasis may beanbsp;...

Title:Reproductive Justice and Women’s Voices
Author:Beth L. Sundstrom
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2015-10-02


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