This book is extremely important for multiple academic disciplines, especially for those interested in American history and reproductive politics, and is essential for those wanting to expand their knowledge of American Indian women’s experiences, both historically and currently.–CHOICE
Theobald’s use of oral histories and interviews with Native women makes for an intimate, affecting exploration of resilience under assimilationist pressures.–Library Journal
Theobald has no trouble drawing a strong through-line in the book that illustrates a continuity of struggle for reproductive rights in Indigenous communities.–Nursing Clio
In this groundbreaking study–the first of its kind–Brianna Theobald reveals a previously untold history of Native American women’s reproduction and reproductive activism that illuminates the strength and longevity of Native women’s commitment to their bodies, land, and community.–Rebecca Kluchin, author of Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950–1980
Although historians have given increasing attention to Native women’s reproductive experiences, Brianna Theobald is the first to provide a comprehensive study of women’s experiences of pregnancy and motherhood in one American Indian nation, integrated with a sophisticated analysis of federal Indian policy.–Rose Stremlau, author of Sustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and the Allotment of an Indigenous Nation
About the Author
Brianna Theobald is assistant professor of history at the University of Rochester.