Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers: Mexican Women, Public Prenatal Care, and the Birth Weight Paradox

Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers: Mexican Women, Public Prenatal Care, and the Birth Weight Paradox

by Alyshia Galvez
     
 

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According to the Latina health paradox, Mexican immigrant women have less complicated pregnancies and more favorable birth outcomes than many other groups, in spite of socioeconomic disadvantage. In Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers, Alyshia Gálvez takes us from inside the halls of a busy metropolitan hospital’s public prenatal

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According to the Latina health paradox, Mexican immigrant women have less complicated pregnancies and more favorable birth outcomes than many other groups, in spite of socioeconomic disadvantage. In Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers, Alyshia Gálvez takes us from inside the halls of a busy metropolitan hospital’s public prenatal clinic to the Oaxaca and Puebla states in Mexico to look at the ways Mexican women manage their pregnancies.  The book is both a migration story and a look at the ways that immigrants are received by our medical institutions and by our society.

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"For years, health professionals have been intrigued by the so-called 'birth-weight paradox'—the fact that recently arrived Mexican immigrant women have fewer pregnancy complications and fewer low-birth-weight babies than their socioeconomic status would predict. Galvez casts the large New York City public hospital prenatal clinic at which she did her interviews as a site of 'subjectification'—the molding of Mexican immigrant women and their families into racialized, needy, passive subjects of medicalization, state intervention, and monitoring. In large part, the women submit because of their own narratives of bettering themselves by their move to the US. This brief description cannot do justice to the richness of Galvez's analysis and the complexity of the women's negotiations with the US health care system. Highly recommended."
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research, Rutgers University - Peter J. Guarnaccia

"Alyshia Galvez challenges conventional wisdom on how Latinas plan families, making a very important contribution to understanding the Latino health paradox."
author, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in - Rayna Rapp

"This wonderful book demonstrates how immigrant knowledge is rendered irrelevant by the New York City medical establishment, and contributes to our understanding of large-scale transnational immigration issues examined through the lens of gender, pregnancy, and reproduction."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813552019
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/08/2011
Series:
Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
230
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author


ALYSHIA GÁLVEZ, an assistant professor at Lehman College of CUNY, is the author of Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants.

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