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Is the experience of childbirth becoming 'globalised'?
Is the encroachment of the western medical model dehumanising a profoundly human experience?
If so, what can midwives and midwife educators do about it?
These are the questions at the heart of Childbirth in the Global Village which highlights the role that globalisation plays in changing childbirth practices and its implications for midwifery practice and education.
Built around the vivid personal stories of women and midwives experiencing childbirth in four very different cultures
Childbirth in the Global Village will resonate with the experience of midwives everywhere and makes a strong case for redesigning the midwifery curriculum to reflect the interconnectedness of childbirth, midwifery education and practice around the globe.
1. Autobiographical Beginnings 2. Conceptual Framework 3. The Defining Characteristics of Globalisation 4. The Nature of Modernity: Society, Development and Risk 5. Childbirth in Africa: Characterising African Rural and Urban Society 6. Childbirth in Malaysia 7. American Women in Childbirth 8. Women in Childbirth in England 9. Symbolic Exchanges in Childbirth: Reflections from the Case Studies 10. Symbolic Exchanges in Childbirth : The Influence of Science and Medicine 11. Cultural Implications for Midwifery Education and Practice 12. The Midwifery Curriculum 13. Conclusions and Recommendations