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Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank (Paperback)

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February 2010 Indie Next List

“Randi Hutter Epstein wades through history, grabbing the interesting bits of information given to pregnant ladies of the past, and those of today, delivering a robust history of childbirth to us readers.”
— Sarah Pruchnicki, Normandale Community College Bookstore, Bloomington, MN


"[An] engrossing survey of the history of childbirth." —Stephen Lowman, Washington Post

Making and having babies—what it takes to get pregnant, stay pregnant, and deliver—have mystified women and men throughout human history. The insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science. Here is an entertaining must-read—an enlightening celebration of human life.

About the Author

Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., the author of Aroused and Get Me Out, is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a lecturer at Yale University, and writer in residence at Yale Medical School. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Psychology Today blog, among others. She lives in New York.

Praise For…

[A] fascinating and powerful recounting of conception and childbirth.

Epstein’s fine history of childbirth…carefully describes both the introduction and the progress of new methods and the mindsets that have generated, encouraged, accompanied and justified them.

Randi Hutter Epstein’s book is full of delightful—and sometimes disturbing—anecdotes.

A lively history…Randi Hutter Epstein injects new energy into the now-familiar story…Her book takes a kind of great-man—and not so great-man—approach to childbirth’s history, focusing on some of the personalities who transformed it for better and for worse.
— Liza Mundy
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393339062
ISBN-10: 0393339068
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: January 17th, 2011
Pages: 352
Language: English