|Author||Bourgeault, Ivy Lynn|
|Publisher||McGill-Queen's University Press; Montreal & Kingston|
|ISBN||0773529772, 0773530258, 9780773529, 9780773530|
|Pages||xxiii, 346 pages, illustrations|
In the 1980s there were few midwives in Canada and their practice was neither legal nor officially recognized. Ontario midwives and their supporters pushed to integrate midwifery into provincial health care systems and by 1993 had established an internationally renowned model. Ivy Lynn Bourgeault analyses the struggle to professionalize midwifery in the context of the negotiations between women, as both consumers and providers of health care, and the state. Push! offers a historical account of the forces behind the integration of midwifery in Ontario, including public interest in funding midwifery services and the impact of political lobbying. Bourgeault also explores the specific features of Ontario's respected model, including the use of independent practitioners, funding for a self-regulatory college, a university-based education program, and the provision of midwifery care in both home and hospital settings. --Publisher's description
Includes bibliographical references (pp. 305-323) and index.