Get Me Out

Get Me Out

A History of Childbirth From the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank

Book - 2010
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Making and having babies--what it takes to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver--has mystified women and men for the whole of human history. The birth gurus of ancient times told newlyweds that simultaneous orgasms were necessary for conception and that during pregnancy a woman should drink red wine but not too much and have sex but not too frequently. Over the last one hundred years, depending on the latest prevailing advice, women have taken morphine, practiced Lamaze, relied on ultrasound images, sampled fertility drugs, and shopped at sperm banks.

In Get Me Out, the insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science, where audacious researchers have gone to extreme measures to get healthy babies out of mothers. Here is an entertaining must-read--and an enlightening celebration of human life.
Publisher: New York : Norton, c2010.
ISBN: 9780393064582
Branch Call Number: 618. 2009 EPS
Characteristics: xv, 302 p. : ill., ports.

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Helena88
Apr 02, 2017

As a CTM fan, I only read books that are about childbirth. i was hoping that this one would be better than the related childbirth history book written by someone who apparently hates all docs after having one bad birth experience . this book is written by an OB GYN, so of course she won't say a lot of bad things about her profession. However, this book is just dull i'm content and so I didn't even finish it. if you want to learn about the origins of every OB GYN procedure then it is for you, but I like birth stories better.

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Hyggelig
Feb 27, 2015

Fantastic Book. Although there is fact mixed with opinion, it is an amazing timeline on how childbirth has been treated over the years. The context provided explains why certain trends or "treatments" were taking place during a segment of history.

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