A Question Of Words

A number of authors have called attention to the language we commonly use in discussing birth and how particular words shape our understanding of birth.

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About Author: Heather Mains

Heather Mains, BFA, CD (DONA), MA, has been a doula, attending births since 1994 and advocating on behalf of improved maternity services for more than a decade. She based this article on a lecture she gave at York University's Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) conference on Mothering and Spirituality in October 2003.

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