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Paula A. Michaels
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA 52242-1320)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 12/31/2011

Lamaze: An International History

Lamaze: An International History traces the surprising story of modern efforts to prepare women for childbirth and alleviate pain during delivery through education, and both physical and psychological training. Originating in the Soviet Union in the late 1940s, the method, also known as psychoprophylaxis, or PPM, took root in France in the mid-1950s and in the U.S. after 1960. Historians of the Cold War have since 1991 revisited the social and political history of those dark decades in ways that increasingly bring the two sides into dialogue with one another. The work will illuminate social and intellectual crosscurrents that breached an iron curtain more porous than once believed. For Russian area studies specialists, this work offers a model for establishing the deeper integration of Russian and Soviet history into that of the rest of the developed world. Historians and anthropologists of medicine, as well as specialist in women's studies will find much of interest in this work.