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Giving birth : a journey into the world of mothers and midwives
Taylor, Catherine, 1947-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Perigee, 2002.
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x, 325 pages ; 21 cm
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"A Perigree book".

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RG950 .T39 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This book is a comprehensive and updated review of fundamental studies on inhibition of soil urease activity and of applied studies on improving efficiency of urea fertilizers by inhibition of soil urease activity. The general literature on these topics covers 65 years and the patent literature comprises a period of nearly 40 years. The potential of food production to meet the growing needs related to population increase is largely conditioned by the efficiency of agricultural fertilizers. Urea has gradually become the most important nitrogen fertilizer in world agriculture. However, its efficiency is in general reduced due to excessive activity of a soil enzyme, urease. One way to increase efficiency of urea fertilizers is the inhibition of soil urease activity. In the last four decades, multilateral investigations have been carried out in a series of countries to identify and test unpolluting and inexpensive chemical compounds to be used as inhibitors of soil urease activity. These investigations are reviewed, including those described in the patent literature.

The book is addressed to a broad audience, including experts and students in agronomy, forestry, plant physiology, soil science (especially soil biology and biochemistry), and other environmental sciences, as well as in organic and inorganic chemistry.

Author Notes

Catherine Taylor has written for Premiere , Rolling Stone , and Every Baby . Educated at Cornell, Oxford, and Duke universities, she has taught at the University of New Mexico, and is currently the editor of The Harwood Review , a literary magazine based in New Mexico. She is the mother of two, both of whom were born with the assistant of midwives.

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Library Journal Review

Examining midwife-attended childbirth in contemporary America, Taylor approaches the subject as both a creative journalistic investigator (her articles have appeared in Premiere, Rolling Stone, and Every Baby) and a consumer of the system she reports on (while writing the book, she became pregnant and gave birth). The result is a delightfully readable blend of scholarship, expos , and storytelling that is likely to become a classic. An important aspect of this book is Taylor's exploration of the economic and social factors that keep maternity healthcare locked into costly structural problems, block consumer access to appropriate care, and threaten the profession of midwifery. Peggy Vincent's Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife also addresses these issues and comes to similar conclusions. However, since Vincent writes from the perspective of a single midwife, her book offers primarily personal recollection rather than research and investigation and is thus narrower in scope though no less worthy. Taylor's book is essential reading for prospective parents and anyone interested in maternity care or the politics of contemporary healthcare systems. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Noemie Maxwell, King Cty. Lib. Syst., Issaquah, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Beginningsp. 1
Part 1 Prenatal/Conception
1. Shifting Ground: Midwives in the Hospitalp. 19
2. In the Clinicp. 39
3. The Managed Midwifep. 69
Part 2 First Trimester
4. Medical Midwivesp. 95
5. Balancing Actsp. 129
6. Doula School: How Birth Attendants Soften the Blowp. 143
7. Home Birthp. 172
8. Choosingp. 185
Part 3 Second Trimester
9. Challengesp. 205
10. "With Women"p. 221
Part 4 Third Trimester
11. Reaching the Summit: A Birth Center Fights for Familiesp. 239
12. Childbirth 101p. 270
13. An Earth Day Birthdayp. 282
Conclusionsp. 292
Notesp. 301
Resourcesp. 311
Indexp. 315