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
ISBN-10:
0813551420
ISBN-13:
9780813551425
Pub. Date:
10/01/2011
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press

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Overview

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

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. Alyshia Gálvez provides an ethnographic examination of this paradox. What are the ways that Mexican immigrant women care for themselves during their pregnancies? How do they decide to leave behind some of the practices they bring with them on their pathways of migration in favor of biomedical approaches to pregnancy and childbirth?

This book 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 mystery of the paradox lies perhaps not in the recipes Mexican-born women have for good perinatal health, but in the prenatal encounter in the United States. Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers is a migration story and a look at the ways that immigrants are received by our medical institutions and by our society

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813551425
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Series: Rutgers Series in Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 386,715
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments

1. Paradoxes and Patients: Immigrants and Prenatal Care
2. Immigrant Aspirations and the Decisions Families Make
3. Remembering Reproductive Care in Rural Mexico
4. Becoming Patients: Birth Experiences in New York City
5. Critical Perspectives on Prenatal Care
6. Prenatal Care and the Reception of Immigrants: Reflections and Suggestions for Change
Epilogue

Notes
References
Index

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