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Midwives and Mothers: The Medicalization of Childbirth on a Guatemalan Plantation

Midwives and Mothers: The Medicalization of Childbirth on a Guatemalan Plantation

by Sheila Cosminsky
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ISBN-13: 9781477311394
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 16.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sheila Cosminsky is professor emerita of anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Rutgers University—Camden. She is the coauthor, with Ira Harrison, of a two-volume bibliography, Traditional Medicine, and has published numerous articles on ethnomedicine, midwifery, and maternal and child health and nutrition.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Midwives, Knowledge, and Power at Birth
  • Chapter 2. María’s World: The Plantation
  • Chapter 3. The Role of the Midwife: María and Siriaca
  • Chapter 4. Hands and Intuition: The Midwife’s Prenatal Care
  • Chapter 5. Soften the Pain: Management of Labor and Delivery
  • Chapter 6. Looking after Mother and Infant: Postpartum Care
  • Chapter 7. To Heal and to Hold: Midwife as Healer and Doctor to the Family
  • Chapter 8. Career or Calling: National Health Policies and Midwifery Training Programs
  • Chapter 9. Medicalization through the Lens of Childbirth
  • Appendix I. Medicinal Plants and Remedies Mentioned by Midwives
  • Appendix II. Common and Scientific Names of Medicinal Plants
  • Notes
  • Bibliography

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"A gem of a book! Sheila Cosminsky is world-renowned in anthropology as one of the mothers/founders of the anthropology of midwifery and birth. She has been conducting fieldwork on midwifery in Guatemala from the 1970s until almost the present day, and this book is her magnum opus—the culmination of all those decades of research in one volume."

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