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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." -- Robbie Davis-Floyd, University of Texas at Austin, author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage and Birth in Four Cultures

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Midwives, Knowledge, and Power at Birth
  • Chapter 2. Maria's World: The Plantation
  • Chapter 3. The Role of the Midwife: Maria 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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Chapter 1. Midwives, Knowledge, and Power at Birth Chapter 2. Maria's World: The Plantation Chapter 3. The Role of the Midwife: Maria 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." -- Robbie Davis-Floyd, University of Texas at Austin, author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage and Birth in Four Cultures

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.

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.

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