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Make Room for Daddy – The Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Make Room for Daddy: The Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room

Judith Walzer Leavitt


Using fathers' first-hand accounts from letters, journals, and personal interviews, along with hospital records and medical literature, this book offers a new perspective on the changing role of expectant fathers from the 1940s to the 1980s. It shows how, as men moved first from the hospital waiting room to the labor room in the 1960s, and then on to the delivery and birthing rooms in the 1970s and 1980s, they became progressively more involved in the birth experience and their influence over events expanded. With attention given to power and privilege, the book charts not only the increasing ... More

Keywords: expectant fathers, labor room, delivery room, birthing room, birth experience, fathers, medical inequalities, hospital policies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832554
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807887837_leavitt


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith Walzer Leavitt, author