Barbara Katz Rothman, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology at Baruch College of the City University of New York, is author of In Labor: Women and Power in the Birthplace (1982, W. W. Norton). In Labor is also available in paperback, under the title Giving Birth: Alternatives in Childbirth (1983, Penguin Books).
CHILDBIRTH MANAGEMENT AND MEDICAL MONOPOLY: Midwifery as (almost) a Profession
Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
1984 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 29, Issue 5, pages 300–306, September-October 1984
How to Cite
Rothman, B. K. (1984), CHILDBIRTH MANAGEMENT AND MEDICAL MONOPOLY: Midwifery as (almost) a Profession. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 29: 300–306. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(84)90240-4
- Issue online: 6 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
A profession, as defined by sociologists, is an occupation that has ultimate control over its work. Professional control extends over not only subordinate workers, but clients as well. Most fundamentally, professions control the development of the body of knowledge on which their practice is based. This paper explores the implications of this politically based definition of profession for midwifery.