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'Golden age' versus 'bad old days': a discursive examination of advice giving in antenatal classes.
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PMID:  20472606     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Childbirth is seen as a medical event, and pregnancy, a time when parents-to-be are in need of advice. This article provides a discursive analysis of how such advice is given in antenatal classes. Using audio-recorded data from National Childbirth Trust (NCT) antenatal classes, we analyse how class leaders talk to class members about pregnancy, childbirth and infant care. We identify a pattern of advice giving in which class leaders construct 'golden age' or 'bad old days' stories variably to contrast the practices of the past ('then') with current practices ('now'). These contrasting repertoires operate against a backdrop of medicalization and societal expectations that are both current and out-dated, providing a constitutive framework to support class leaders' evaluations and advice on pregnancy, childbirth and infant care.
Abigail Locke; Mary Horton-Salway
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-05-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health psychology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1461-7277     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Psychol     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9703616     Medline TA:  J Health Psychol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1214-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Human & Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, UK.
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