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Religion and Healing in America$
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Linda L. Barnes and Susan S. Sered

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167962

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167962.001.0001

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Procreating Women and Religion: The Politics of Spirituality, Healing, and Childbirth in America

Procreating Women and Religion: The Politics of Spirituality, Healing, and Childbirth in America

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(p.71) 4 Procreating Women and Religion: The Politics of Spirituality, Healing, and Childbirth in America
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Religion and Healing in America
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Pamela Klassen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167962.003.0005

The contemporary home birth movement is rooted in a countercultural critique of biomedicine that, like many other alternative healing movements in America, draws from religious and spiritual resources. Spanning a continuum from traditionalist Jews and Christians to feminist practitioners of Goddess spirituality, these religious and spiritual resources are quite diverse, especially in light of the fact that only a small minority of childbearing women plan to give birth at home. Although these women may have very different understandings of the religious significance of childbirth and different theologies of the body, they do share at least one commonality: they are fashioning their religious interpretations of childbirth largely outside of the context of official, religious institutions. This chapter examines the politics of spirituality, healing, and childbirth in America.

Keywords:   America, biomedicine, spirituality, healing, home birth movement, childbirth, women, politics, Jews, Christians

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