Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
Book — 1 online resource (xiv, 183 pages) : illustrations
Operating instructions for pregnancy
The father of prenantal care: J.W. Ballantyne and system-constitutive documentation
The mothers of prenatal care: Elizabeth Putnam, the IDNA, and user-centered care
Getting in the way: pregnancy manuals during the Women's Health Movement
What to expect from risk management
System error: troubleshooting the pregnant body
Virtually pregnant: consuming prenatal care
Conclusion: instructions for systemic change.
It is a truth widely acknowledged that if you're pregnant and can afford one, you're going to pick up a pregnancy manual. From What to Expect When You're Expecting to Pregnancy for Dummies, these guides act as portable mentors for women who want advice on how to navigate each stage of pregnancy. Yet few women consider the effect of these manuals-how they propel their readers into a particular system of care or whether the manual they choose reflects or contradicts current medical thinking.