Quietly deft storytelling…Excellent
Were there ever any doubts as to the personal being political, this former editor at Ms. and editor of the revised Our Bodies, Ourselves convincingly lays them to rest in a gripping exposé of American obstetrics. With extensive field research and thorough historical contextualization, Block reveals some disturbing statistics in this country’s birth management and shows how medical views of birth are as subject to change as the whims of fashion …A provocative and hotly controversial analysis of a side of reproductive rights feminism seems to have forgot.
Kirkus, Starred Review
A wry and pointed writer…No woman who is pregnant, has been pregnant, or plans to be pregnant should set foot inside the office of her ob/gyn before reading.
Women’s Review of Books
This provocative, highly readable exposé raises questions of great consequence for anyone planning to have a baby in U.S., as well as those interested or involved in women’s health care.
An eye-opening, distressing, and ultimately empowering look at the very sorry state of contemporary maternity care…Pushed is ultimately a call to action, and its message is that a woman’s right to choose shouldn’t end when she decides not to terminate a pregnancy.
The battle for a woman’s right to choose has come a long way…[but] there’s something else we as women need to be thinking about, something so intrinsic that it’s been easily overshadowed by the red-hot abortion issue…Block has fearlessly pulled back the hospital curtain on the truth of what’s really happening in the world of childbirth today… A must-read for anyone hoping to make an informed choice about bringing life into this world, Pushed is a fact-packed page-turner that will affix new meaning to the word ‘birthright.’
A stirring discussion of reproductive rights, informed consent, and the rights of the mother vs. the fetus.