The author's writing style is engaging and almost has a hint of mystique as the reader progresses through the stories wanting to navigate quickly to the outcomes. The study participants did not, initially, reflect the conventional image of African American women portrayed in the media and scientific publications. The author effectively creates synergy between institutional and individual factors which creates a sense of hope, unlike other works that can create a sense of anxiety and hopelessness by making the problem seem too grand. The strength of this text lies in the depth of coverage, clarity, and the ability to combine secondary sources, statistics and qualitative data to reveal the plight of African Americans in society. The greatest contributions of this book are in the chapters about the study participants' coping styles and the author's lessons learned. But how does one prepare for an unexpected loss of a pregnancy or hoped-for baby? The chapter on lessons learned is a valuable resource to readers about the struggles, stressors, cultural imprint and relationships experienced by the participants. Key Features: Uses the lens provided by the race, class, and gender paradigm: Examples illustrate the ways in which multiple systems of oppression interact with patterns of self-defeating behavior to create barriers that deny many African Americans access to the American dream.
She reveals how the study relates to her own personal reproductive history, making the link to her participants apparent and relevant. She answers such questions as: What meanings does childbearing have in the internal world? To view the content in your browser, please or, alternately, you may the file to your hard drive. This book has instructive value in the academic and practice settings. Black middle class women and pregnancy loss. Category: Social Science Author : Angela J. Unlike other birth story books which only focus on natural birthing, Labor of Love focuses on how different each labor and birth can be, even among the same women, and includes stories involving medical intervention, prematurity, and accidental homebirth, as well as natural births. This positive profile did not buffer them from the tragedy and trauma of pregnancy loss.
Brings statistical data to life: The authors weave personal stories based on interviews they've conducted into the usual data from scholarly? These ordinary practices of pregnancy, the author argues, are significant and revealing creative activities that produce babies. By breaking the silent agreement that Dr. It links the women's personal stories to clinical, and psychosocial factors, placing their experiences at the center of the research, and demystifying assumptions. But how do soon-to-be fathers respond to pregnancy? Retrieved from: National Health Statistics Report 2013, December 20. Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, and Bureau of Justice Statistics.
For most, losing your virginity is one of life's most significant moments, always to be remembered. With decreasing wages, rising McJobs, and no resources for family care, our households have grown ever more precarious over the past forty years in sharply race-and class-stratified ways. The author elucidates the invisible, silent experiences and internal dialogue of African American women experiencing pregnancy loss. While investigating the answer to this question, Paisley-Cleveland provides readers entry into the pregnancy experiences of eight women from pregnancy planning to infant loss, and the book examines feelings, events, circumstances, interactions, behaviors, culture and history embedded in their pregnancy stories to explicate possible factors connected to adverse birth outcomes. All books are in clear copy here, and all files are secure so don't worry about it. Of course, experiences vary, but Laura Carpenter asks: Is there an ideal way to lose it? Taken together, the three studies tell us that African American men are willing partners during and after pregnancy but may need clearer messages about how to be involved when their partners are pregnant.
Importantly, Carpenter argues that one's experience of virginity loss can have a powerful impact on one's later sexual experiences. They are the activities through which babies are made important and meaningful in the lives of the women and men awaiting the child's birth. Her book, and her interviews with participants, spotlight heteronormativity as a heavy blanket that cloaks and nuances the experience of reproductive loss—but also, on a hopeful note, points to personal and collective possibilities for resilience, growth, and empowerment. On the other hand, selected stereotypical characteristics about African American couples were supported. The second and third study suggest that barriers can be erected that keep fathers from being involved during pregnancy.
Hattery and Earl Smith identify the structural barriers that African Americans face in their attempts to raise their children and create loving, healthy, and raise the children of the next generation. Craven connects diverse strands of research e. What is the expectant partner's experience? While investigating the answer to this question, Paisley-Cleveland provides readers entry into the pregnancy experiences of eight women from pregnancy planning to infant loss, and the research examines feelings, events, circumstances, interactions, behaviors, culture and history embedded in their pregnancy stories to explicate possible factors connected to adverse birth outcomes. From longer work hours to the election of Donald Trump, our current political crisis is above all about reproduction. Badru, University of Louisville African American Families provides a systematic sociological study of contemporary life for families of African descent living in the United States. These unseen processes are continually at work and rarely accessed by others, including healthcare practitioners. The E-mail message field is required.
Further, the book is moving for the commitment that Craven displays to honouring diversity, for holding loss and growth in tension, and for a commitment to social change. Break The Silent Agreement To Get Future Dads More Involved In The Pregnancy The first study confirms that African American fathers are excellent fathers. African American Families is an excellent book whose time has come, and one that I would most definitely adopt. The author clearly eliminates selected risk behaviour such as drug use, low educational achievement and unemployment as major reasons for the disparity in pregnancy outcomes when African American women are compared to other races. The author's goals to describe and identify meaning among the participants' lived experiences from pre-pregnancy to post-pregnancy loss were expertly achieved.
Which dreams, fears and fantasies proliferate around pregnancy and birth? This study examines the Infant Mortality disparity blacks 12. The author elucidates the invisible, silent experiences and internal dialogue of African American women experiencing pregnancy loss. The stories here are frank, poignant and fascinating as Carpenter presents an array of experiences that run the gamut from triumphant to devastating. The imprint of racism is a significant factor in the lives of these women and is a theme throughout the book. Virginity Lost offers a rare window into one of life's most intimate and significant sexual moments.
This book raised the following question: given the disparity in the infant mortality rates among middle-class black and white women, are there factors attached to the pregnancy experience of middle-class black women that could help us understand the adverse birth outcomes for this target group? The credibility of the author is immediately established in the book's preface and introduction. Black Middle-Class Women and Pregnancy Loss will be an invaluable resource for medical professionals; professionals in public health, mental health, and social work; sociologists; and anyone working or invested in women's health. What often compels the big step? How does a pregnant woman live with two people under her skin? Amy Mullin considers both parenting and paid childcare, and examines the impact of disability on this work. A Political and Personal Commitment 2. This book is for all the pregnanct women in the world who want a companion to tote with them as a reminder that pregnancy really is a sometimes funny, but always a wonderful experience. Reproductive Losses is thus a book that should sit on the shelves of everyone working in the fields of gender, sexuality, and reproduction. Offering readings of the use of photography in the anti-lynching movement, the civil rights movement, and the black power movement, Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare focuses on key transformations in technology, society, and politics to understand the evolution of photography's deployment in capturing white oppression, black resistance, and African American life.
Inside these pages, hundreds of women have graciously shared their personal pregnancy experiences and proved that a sense of humor goes a long way to helping even the toughest suffering not seem so bad. The influence of racism may explain why these women seemed to be so unassertive in their interactions with healthcare providers. Pregnancy is not an illness: A South African lesson. Households are where we face our economic realities as social safety nets get cut and wages decline. The second study indicates that African American men and women agree on the characteristics an ideal father should have both during and after pregnancy.