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Designing Motherhood by Michelle Millar Fisher and Amber Winick
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Designing Motherhood by Michelle Millar Fisher and Amber Winick
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Sep 14, 2021 | ISBN 9780262044899

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“A history-in-images of the most intimate experiences of womanhood, collecting objects relied upon over decades: from the BabyBjörn to at-home pregnancy tests to birth control methods.”
New York Times Book Review

“The provocative new book and exhibition series, “Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births,” makes the case that there is a whole world of objects pertaining to women, mothers and pregnant people that have been overlooked from the perspective of form and function, and unstudied in terms of how their designs came to be.”
New York Times Arts

“Prompting readers to consider how design shapes their own bodies, Designing Motherhood is not just a history but a call to action, an invitation to reflect on how objects, practices, and policies might be redesigned to better serve the diverse experiences of motherhood.”
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“Through the lens of design, this book offers a more comprehensive and empowered approach to sexuality, procreation, and rearing than any mass-market guide, medical textbook, or doctor’s office.”
—the Brooklyn Rail

“Through striking visuals and compelling stories, Designing Motherhood: Things That Make and Break Our Births illustrates the vital role design plays in the arc of human reproduction.”
—Fast Company

“A first-of-its-kind exploration of the arc of human reproduction through the lens of design.”
—The Guardian

“A rousing new book put out by the MIT Press looks at human reproduction — fertility, birth control, menstruation, pregnancy, birth, post-pregnancy, and menopause — through the lens of design.”
—The Boston Globe

Designing Motherhood ostensibly opens in an era of frank conversations about femme bodies, pleasure, and the full spectrum of fertility…the book explores not only consumer technology, but also equitable access and the infrastructure of care.”
—Vogue.com

Joy and trauma exist side by side in Designing Motherhood.”
—The Lily

Designing Motherhood strives to challenge the stigma surrounding objects associated with pregnancy and reproductive health.”
—Smithsonian

“Millar Fisher and Winick hope to let people find knowledge and joy in the overlooked history of design for mothers. Their book, which is accompanied by two exhibitions in the US, covers population policy posters all the way to pushchair design, from the bizarre to the genius to the aesthetically beautiful.”
—The Independent

Table Of Contents

Prologue
Foreword
Introduction
1. Reproduction
2. Pregnancy
3. Birth
4. Postpartum
Selected Readings
Author Biographies
Acknowledgments
Index
Photo Credits

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