Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science

Childbirth Across Cultures

Ideas and Practices of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Postpartum

Editors: Selin, Helaine (Ed.)

  • This volume uniquely combines experiences of birth and pregnancy from more than 20 cultures around the world
  • This volume portrays a unifying theme: Power — who makes the decisions about birth and the conduct of the mother during labour?
  • This volume shows how birth process is connected to the culture and illustrates why birth is a biocultural event
  • This volume illustrates the many ways it is possible to give birth, so that parents can realize that the biomedical model is not the only one
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About this book

Childbirth Across Cultures explores the childbirth process through globally diverse perspectives to offer a broader context with which to think about birth. It addresses multiple rituals and management models surrounding the labor and birth process from communities across the globe.

Labor and birth are biocultural events that are managed in countless ways. We are particularly interested in the notion of power. Who controls the pregnancy and the birth? Is it the hospital, the doctor, or the in-laws, and in which cultures does the mother have the control? These decisions, regarding place of birth, position, who receives the baby and even how the mother may or may not behave during the actual delivery are all part of the different ways that birth is handled.

The cultures included range from the Solomon Islands to Africa, Asia and the Americas. Other chapters cover Midwives and other Birth Attendants, Evolution of Birth, Women’s Birth Narratives, and Child Spacing and Breastfeeding.

This book will bring together global research conducted by professional anthropologists, midwives and doctors who work closely with the individuals from the cultures they are writing about, offering a unique perspective direct from the cultural group.

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From the reviews:

“Childbirth Across Cultures is a compilation of research about the experience of pregnancy and birth around the globe. … Reading this book was a pleasure. There are pictures of cultural practices … maps, charts, and other diagrams that enrich the reader’s experience. … This book would be excellent for faculty and residents in family medicine and OB-GYN as well as graduate students in nursing, anthropology, sociology, social work, and public health. Medical students and those studying global health will find this book interesting as well.” (Amy Ellwood and Katie Kolonic, Family Medicine, Vol. 43 (1), January, 2011)

Table of contents (26 chapters)

  • Birth and the Big Bad Wolf: An Evolutionary Perspective1

    Davis-Floyd, Robbie (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Breastfeeding and Child Spacing

    Sundhagen, Rebecca

    Pages 23-32

  • Culturally Diverse Women Giving Birth: Their Stories

    Callister, Lynn Clark (et al.)

    Pages 33-39

  • A History of Western Medicine, Labor, and Birth

    Stone, Pamela K.

    Pages 41-53

  • Childbirth in China

    Harvey, Travis Anna (et al.)

    Pages 55-69

Buy this book

eBook $209.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-90-481-2599-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $269.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-2598-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $269.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3058-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Childbirth Across Cultures
Book Subtitle
Ideas and Practices of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Postpartum
Editors
  • Helaine Selin
Series Title
Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-2599-9
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-2599-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-2598-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3058-8
Series ISSN
1568-2145
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 314
Number of Illustrations and Tables
33 illustrations in colour
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