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Unsafe Motherhood: Mayan Maternal Mortality and Subjectivity in Post-War Guatemala / Edition 1

Unsafe Motherhood: Mayan Maternal Mortality and Subjectivity in Post-War Guatemala / Edition 1

by Nicole S. Berry
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Since 1987, when the global community first recognized the high frequency of women in developing countries dying from pregnancy-related causes, little progress has been made to combat this problem. This study follows the global policies that have been implemented in Sololá, Guatemala in order to decrease high rates of maternal mortality among indigenous Mayan women. The author examines the diverse meanings and understandings of motherhood, pregnancy, birth and birth-related death among the biomedical personnel, village women, their families, and midwives. These incongruous perspectives, in conjunction with the implementation of such policies, threaten to disenfranchise clients from their own cultural understandings of self. The author investigates how these policies need to meld with the everyday lives of these women, and how the failure to do so will lead to a failure to decrease maternal deaths globally.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857457912
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Series: Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives , #21
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 989,968
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Nicole S. Berry is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

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Prologue: The Story of Rosario

Introduction: The Specter of Death

Chapter 1. Life, Birth and Death in the Village

Chapter 2. Coming to the ER: Analysis of an Interaction

Chapter 3. Global Safe Motherhood and Making Local Pregnancy Safer: The Spin and What It Covers Up

Chapter 4. The Indio Bruto and Modern Guatemalan Healthcare

Chapter 5. Everyday Violence: From a Kaqchikel Village to the Nation and Back

Chapter 6. Praying for a Good Outcome: Staying at Home during Obstetric Problems

Conclusion: Putting the ‘Maternal’ Back in Maternal Mortality



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