Abstract

The term "natural childbirth" encompasses a variety of methods, including the Lamaze, Bradley, and home-birth approaches, which place more or less reliance on medical technology.Aristotle's analysis of three levels of human activity—digestion and reproduction, perception and locomotion, and abstract thinking—and Pellegrino and Thomasma's classification of the "living body," "lived body," and "lived self," provide a principled framework in which each of these childbirth practices can be considered natural.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 266-272
Launched on MUSE
2004-03-30
Open Access
No
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