Reclaiming Childbirth: A DES Mother and Daughter’s Tale

Linda Pershing


This is a personal narrative about the author’s struggles with exposure to des (diethylstilbestrol)and subsequent decision to use natural childbirth methods when herdaughter was born. Her story illustrates the power of women’s decision-making indefining their own birthing experiences.

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