Author: Jacqueline Wolf

About Jacqueline Wolf

Interview with Jacqueline Wolf

Jacqueline H. Wolf is Professor of the History of Medicine in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University. Her research focuses on the history of birth and breastfeeding practices in the United States. Her articles have appeared in many venues, including the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Social History, Women & Health, The Milbank Quarterly, Breastfeeding Medicine, and Journal of Human Lactation. Ohio State University Press published her first book, Don’t Kill Your Baby: Public Health and the Decline of Breastfeeding in the 19th and 20th Centuries, a history of changing breastfeeding practices in the United States and the consequences for public health. Her second book, Deliver Me from Pain: Anesthesia and Birth in America, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, is a history of changing views of labor pain and the use of obstetric anesthesia. Her most recent book, Cesarean Section: An American History of Risk, Technology, and Consequence, was also published by Johns Hopkins and was just released in a paperback edition. Grants from the National Institutes of Health in the United States funded Wolf’s last two books. Wolf is also the host and executive producer of the podcast, Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident, and Recovery, produced by WOUB Public Media, a National Public Radio affiliate.

“Health care choices aren’t necessarily voluntary, they are shaped by culture, society and history.”Jacqueline Wolf