Professor Barbara Risman Talks New Definitions of Childbirth and Women’s Health with the Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune interviews Barbara Risman, UIC professor of sociology and LAS distinguished professor, in a story exploring societal views of childbirth and women’s health, and how the current generation of mothers, including some famous ones, are depicting a more realistic picture of pregnancy and the postpartum period . “What we’ve done is … protected young people from understanding the realities of the trials and tribulations of pregnancy and childbirth,” Risman tells the Tribune. “That is beginning to crack, as women who are birthing are more empowered to say, ‘I’m not going to pretend that this was easy.’”