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The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy: A History of Miscarriage in America

Lara Freidenfelds


The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy is a history of why Americans came to have the unrealistic expectation of perfect pregnancies and to mourn even very early miscarriages. The introduction explains that miscarriage is a common phenomenon and a natural part of healthy women’s childbearing: approximately 20 percent of confirmed pregnancies spontaneously miscarry, mostly in the first months of gestation. Eight topical chapters describe childbearing and pregnancy loss in colonial America; the rise of birth control from the late eighteenth century to the present; changes in parenting from the early ... More

Keywords: miscarriage, pregnancy, embryo, obstetrics, birth control, contraception, ultrasound, home pregnancy test, parenting, abortion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190869816
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190869816.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lara Freidenfelds, author
independent scholar