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Dangerous Proposals, Harmless Fads, or Wave of the Future?


  • Ronald K. McCraw phd

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    • Ronald K. McCraw received his BA in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, his MA in preventive medicine and community health from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is currently a licensed clinical psychologist and a fourth-year medical student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. He has published numerous articles and over 100 reviews of books and films in professional journals, including more than 30 reviews in the area of pregnancy and childbirth.

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In recent years, consumers have become increasingly involved in their own health care and increasingly assertive vis a vis the medical profession. Nowhere has this been more apparent than in the area of childbirth. A number of individuals both within and outside of the medical profession have advocated changes in traditional childbirth practices. This article focuses upon these proposed changes and discusses both the true issues and the pseudo-issues involved. Problems in existing research are described and the type of research that is needed is outlined.