McCourt - Chapter 06
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'Waiting on Birth'
Management of Time and Place in a Birth Centre
chapter discusses temporality in relation to birth-centre care and
forms part of the findings of an ethnography of a free-standing birth
centre (FSBC) in the United Kingdom. The background to the study was
the increasing interest in birth centres as a way of reducing
interventions in childbirth. Intervention rates are escalating across
the Western world with some U.K. studies showing that only a small
minority of women experiencing their first birth do so without recourse
to common medical interventions like syntocinon to speed up labour or
operative delivery to terminate it.