Make Room for Daddy
The Journey from Waiting Room to Birthing Room
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ABOUT THE BOOK
A fascinating look at an important but long-neglected aspect of childbirth in America–the changing role of the expectant father. Professor Leavitt uses fathers’ first-hand accounts from letters, journals, and personal interviews along with hospital records and medical literature to offer a new perspective on the changing role of expectant fathers from the 1940s to the 1980s.
“A narrative history–illuminating and engaging–of what fathers actually did while mothers were giving birth over the past 80 years…Ms. Leavitt’s fascinating history suggests that childbirth is just one more area where our narcissism has swamped our seriousness.”
–The Wall Street Journal
“An exceptional book that reminds us of both the cultural and emotional power of the childbirth experience, not only for mothers, but for fathers and families as well.”
–Allan M. Brandt, Harvard University
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Judith Walzer Leavitt is Rupple Bascom and Ruth Bleier Professor of Medical History and Women’s Studies. She is the author of Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America, 1750 – 1950 and Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health.
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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