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"What an amazing story. . . . I applaud you for staying honest with yourself and listening to your feelings and what you needed to do to love and grieve and remember your son."--comment on Elizabeth Heineman's "Salon" article, "My Stillborn Child's Life after Death"

Everyone loves to blame a mother for making the "wrong" choices, and Elizabeth Heineman makes plenty of unpopular ones: being of advanced maternal age, having a home birth, using a midwife, communing with her dead baby. In "Ghostbelly," Heineman's brave, disarming, and stunning memoir, she recounts her indescribable grief after delivering a stillborn son, her shocking and intimate bonding with the baby's body before the burial, and the impossible task of saying goodbye.

If Elizabeth McCracken's memoir opened the door for discussions about stillbirth--which account for one in 160 pregnancies in the United States--Heineman provides a necessary continuation on the topic. While motherhood remains a stronghold as a topic de jour in the media, there continue to be gaps in the newsworthy stories. "Ghostbelly" tells an unexpected, but not uncommon, tale of the space that one can occupy when birth and death are combined.

Elizabeth Heineman is a professor of history and gender, women's, and sexuality studies at the University of Iowa. Her published works include "Before Porn Was Legal," "Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones," and "What Difference Does a Husband Make?" She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

About Elizabeth Heineman

Elizabeth Heineman is a professor of History and of Gender, Women's, and Sexualy Studies at the University of Iowa. Her published works include "Before Porn was Legal, Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones," and "What Difference Does a Husband Make?"

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Author : Elizabeth Heineman
Publisher : Feminist Press
Data Published : 11 February 2014
ISBN : 1558618449
EAN : 9781558618442
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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