February 25, 1983

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenthood

Author Affiliations

Northwestern University Medical School Chicago


edited by Paul Ahmed (Coping With Medical Issues), 414 pp, with illus, $39.95, New York, Elsevier North-Holland Inc, 1981.

JAMA. 1983;249(8):1064. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330320062039

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This book is a somewhat unorthodox approach to a traditional subject, one that has interested clinicians and the public since time immemorial. The word unorthodox relates to the editor's statement regarding the genesis of the book—the loss of two full-term children due to abruptio placentae.

Each chapter is thoughtfully outlined, and this outline is presented in the table of contents. The authors have attempted to discuss the myriad of problems that affect pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood from a point of view that relates to the patient and the family. Among the topics covered are pregnancy in modern and traditional society, sexuality during pregnancy, unwantedness, rape and pregnancy, teenage pregnancies, and the process of childbirth per se. In addition, there is a discussion of some of the adverse outcomes of pregnancies, such as emotional illness in the postpartum period, living with newborn death, and perinatal death. Fatherhood is also discussed in