Domesticating Birth in the Hospital: Family-Centered Birth and the Emergence of Homelike Birthing Rooms

Maria Fannin*

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife's Work
Subtitle of host publicationGeographies of Social Reproduction
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)1405111348, 9781405111348
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2012


  • "Family-Centered" birth, "Homelike" birthing rooms
  • "natural" versus "medical" and "hospital" versus "home"
  • Domesticating birth, a home within the hospital
  • Domesticity, and other homely spaces of modernity
  • Homelike hospital rooms, within domestic, institutional space
  • Hospital birthing rooms, reworking the medical paradigm
  • Reinscribing hospital birth as natural, and the domestic as ideal
  • Shifts, homelike birthing rooms in hospitals, as places of wellness
  • Structuring dualisms, debates over appropriate spaces of birth
  • US hospitals, the shift, transforming understandings of the domestic

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