The Drama of Childbirth
Gray, Jane (2000) The Drama of Childbirth. Irish Sociological Chronicles, 3 . pp. 247-259.
In 1999, the organization Cuidiu-Irish Childbirth Trust published the third edition of its âConsumer Guideâ to maternity services, with the assistance of the Department of Health and Children. One of the principal trends Cuidiu identified was an increase in the percentage of births by caesarean section. In this respect, Ireland appears to be âcatching upâ with many other European states. Some commentators suggested that patient preference has contributed to the increasing number of caesarean sections in Ireland. In the personal view of Cuidiuâs President, Sue Jameson, womenâs expectations for a âperfect, pain-free birthâ had increased the likelihood of intervention.
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