Defiant Birth says that society’s demands for physical perfection are placing enormous pressure on women to terminate ‘imperfect’ foetuses diagnosed by prenatal technology.
The intensely moving and courageous stories of 20 women who continued their pregnancies despite immense pressure from doctors, family members and social expectations to terminate, are told in Defiant Birth.
Defiant Birth is the story of women from around the world who were told they should not have their babies because of perceived disabilities – either in the child or themselves. Facing silent disapproval and sometimes open hostility, the book chronicles what happened when these women went ahead and had their babies anyway.
Melinda Tankard Reist (ed)
Defiant Birth challenges widespread medical, and often social aversion to less than perfect pregnancies or genetically different babies. It also features women with disabilities who were discouraged from becoming pregnant at all.