Midwives and mothers : the medicalization of childbirth on a Guatemalan plantation / Sheila Cosminsky.

By: Cosminsky, Sheila [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksLouann Atkins Temple women & culture series: bk. 43.Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2016Edition: First editionDescription: 1 online resource (xii, 303 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781477311400; 1477311408Subject(s): Midwives -- Guatemala -- Social conditions | Traditional medicine -- Guatemala | Childbirth -- Social aspects -- Guatemala | Maternal health services -- Social aspects -- Guatemala | Plantation life -- Health aspects -- Guatemala | Rural development -- Health aspects -- GuatemalaAdditional physical formats: No titleDDC classification: 618.20097281 LOC classification: RG963.G9 | C67 2016Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Midwives, knowledge, and power at birth -- María's world : the plantation -- The role of the midwife : María and Siriaca -- Hands and intuition : the midwife's prenatal care -- Soften the pain : management of labor and delivery -- Looking after mother and infant : postpartum care -- To heal and to hold : midwife as healer and doctor to the family -- Career or calling : national health policies and midwifery training programs -- Medicalization through the lens of childbirth -- Appendix I. Medicinal plants and remedies mentioned by midwives -- Appendix II. common and scientific names of medicinal plants.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-288) and index.

Midwives, knowledge, and power at birth -- María's world : the plantation -- The role of the midwife : María and Siriaca -- Hands and intuition : the midwife's prenatal care -- Soften the pain : management of labor and delivery -- Looking after mother and infant : postpartum care -- To heal and to hold : midwife as healer and doctor to the family -- Career or calling : national health policies and midwifery training programs -- Medicalization through the lens of childbirth -- Appendix I. Medicinal plants and remedies mentioned by midwives -- Appendix II. common and scientific names of medicinal plants.

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Cosminsky (emer., anthropology, Rutgers Univ., Camden) is world renowned as a founder of the anthropology of midwifery and birth. This culmination of her research on midwifery practices in rural Maya/mestizo communities in Guatemala since the 1970s has the potential to become required reading in ethnomedicine and its subfields. The book draws from and is informed by Cosminsky's decades of experience working in the same finca (plantation) community in Guatemala; her recognized expertise in traditional midwifery practices there and in Africa and Asia; and her rigorous, informed, and empathetic ethnographic documentation, explication, and analysis of nearly extinct traditional midwifery practices. The author skillfully and elegantly imparts ethnographic data collected on the lived experiences and culturally situated midwifery practices of a mother and daughter living on Finca San Luis, a sugar and coffee plantation and home to a mixed Mayan/Ladino community. Cosminsky presents how women's bodies have become contested terrain in the negotiation between culturally and socially appropriate traditional midwifery practices and Western biomedical models and practices (imported via the World Health Organization) that are often introduced and instituted without regard for the preferences or financial resources of the mother and her family members. Abundant endnotes and appendixes provide useful supplementary information. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. --Genevieve Rush Innes, Marymount University

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