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By Laura Tropp

Within the twenty first century, being pregnant is greater than a organic event—it's a cultural phenomenon. A Womb with a View: America's starting to be Public curiosity in being pregnant addresses how media effect and adjustments in society have uncovered and commoditized being pregnant like by no means earlier than, whereas know-how has enabled us to percentage, list, and guard all elements of the being pregnant experience.

Each bankruptcy of the e-book specializes in a side of the being pregnant event, together with efforts to look in and bond with the fetus, some of the methods of acquiring suggestion, the evolving function of expectant fathers, how being pregnant is depicted and taken care of in pop culture, and branding and advertising to pregnant undefined. Interviews with these advertising services to pregnant girls exhibit how being pregnant is now "big business," whereas real-life tales from pregnant ladies and pictures from tv and movie serve to demonstrate our culture's fascination with being pregnant.

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63 More advanced research has led to tests that screen much earlier in the pregnancy. 65 For some, the prenatal screening is a blessing, as surgery can cure many conditions. Parents may choose to abort a fetus that would otherwise be born with birth defects. Others see the screening as a burden. 66 With fetal testing come new lawsuits in the area of reproductive law. Sometimes couples will sue when prenatal testing does not reveal birth defects that later emerge. 67 Some couples are using new tests to determine what diseases their future child could possibly inherit, allowing them to weed out undesired embryos.

45 The scale of publishing and marketing of these advice books is only one remarkable change in this industry; another is the frank discussion and specific language not evident in earlier books. For example, first-person accounts of pregnancy in the 1950s express its discomforts in only the vaguest sense. Compare this with just the titles of some of the chapters in McCarthy’s book: Granny Panties (Letting Go of the G-String), Niagara in My Pants (Vaginal Discharge), and That Ain’t My Ass! (Cellulite Gain).

However, parents increasingly are using more advanced technology as the mediator between themselves and their fetus. Some parents have played music in the hopes that it might inspire a budding Mozart or Beethoven. It is one thing to listen to music in the hope that the baby will absorb some of it. In fact, this takes us back to the early maternal myths that the thoughts and actions of the mother will impact her fetus. Yet, the next step, putting headphones on your belly so that the baby directly will benefit from this music, takes the mother out of the equation.

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