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The Business of Birth: Malpractice and Maternity Care in the United States

Louise Marie Roth


The Business of Birth examines the effects of malpractice and reproductive rights laws on maternity care practices in the US from 1995 to 2015. It is a common public belief that frivolous malpractice claims and women’s choices shape hospital birth practices. This book uses mixed methods to demonstrate that this belief is inaccurate. The Business of Birth carefully documents how there are interconnected systems of laws and policies, or legal “regimes,” that influence birth practices in unexpected ways. When it comes to malpractice, the standard of care that defines malpractice is internal to th ... More

Keywords: Birth, Medical malpractice, Defensive medicine, Reproductive justice, Reproductive rights, Tort law, Maternity care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479812257
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479812257.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louise Marie Roth, author
University of Arizona