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Birthing Models on the Human Rights Frontier
Speaking Truth to Power




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December 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
472 Pages 37 Color & 17 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This book addresses the politics of global health and social justice issues around birth, focusing on dynamic communities that have chosen to speak truth to power by reforming dysfunctional health care systems or creating new ones outside the box.

The chapters present models of childbirth at extreme ends of a spectrum - from conflict zones and disaster areas of Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, and Indonesia, to models in high risk tertiary care settings in China, Canada, Australia and Turkey. Debunking notions about best care, the volume illustrates how human rights in health care are on a collision course with global capitalism and offers a number of specific solutions to an ever-increasing problem.

It will be a valuable resource for scholars and students in anthropology, sociology, health and midwifery, as well as for practitioners, policy makers and organisations focused on birth or on social activism in any arena.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Speaking Truth to Power for Social Justice in Pregnancy and Childbirth

Betty-Anne Daviss

PART 1 MODELS SPEAKING TRUTH THROUGH INDEPENDENCE: INCORPORATING LOCAL PRACTITIONERS TO KEEP COMMUNITY BIRTH SAFE

1. Bumi Sehat Bali: Birth on the Checkered Cloth

Robin Lim and Samantha Leggett, with Erin Ryan, Wil Hemmerle, Carly Facius, Kelley Gary, Isabel Odean, Jenny Facius and Kenneth C. Johnson

2. To Bring Back Birth Is To Bring Back Life: The Nunavik Story

Brenda Epoo, Kim Morehouse, Maggie Tayara, with Jennie Stonier and Betty-Anne Daviss

3. Home-Based Lifesaving Skills: Harnessing Local Leaders to Prevent Maternal and Perinatal Mortality

Sandra Tebben Buffington, Lynn Sibley, Deborah Armbruster, Diana Beck, Jody Lori, Michelle Dynes, Lelisse Tadesse

PART 2 MODELS THAT TACKLE THREATS TO NORMAL BIRTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES OF ACCESS TO CARE

4. "There’s something wrong here": African American Women and Their Babies Are at Greatest Risk in the USA

Jennie Joseph

5. Bringing Back Breech: Dismantling Hierarchies and Re-Skilling Practitioners

Betty-Anne Daviss and Andrew Bisits

6. What Made her Think She Could Win in Court? Models of Success in Seeking Justice Across Cultures in a Neoliberal World

Betty-Anne Daviss

7. What If Another 10% of Deliveries Occurred at Home or in a Birth Center? The Economics and Politics of Out-of-Hospital Birth in the United States

David Anderson, Betty-Anne Daviss, and Kenneth C. Johnson

8. Changing Childbirth in China: Family Support Still Has Its Place in Maternity Care

Ngai Fen Cheung and Anshi Pan

PART 3 MODELS IN TROUBLED AREAS: CONFLICT, POST-CONFLICT, OR DISASTER

9. Implementing the International Childbirth Initiative (ICI) in Disaster Zones: Bumi Sehat’s Experience from Aceh, Haiti, the Philippines, and Nepal

Ibu Robin Lim with Robbie Davis-Floyd

10. Israeli and Palestinian Midwives: Birthing Peace

Mindy Levy, Sera Bonds, Gomer Ben Moshe, Aisha Al-Saifi

11. Scraping Maternity Care Off the Back Burner in Afghanistan: Reminding "Multi-Sector" Funding to Include the Community

Betty-Anne Daviss

12. Three Generations of Rural Community Midwifery in the Philippines: Through War, Earthquake, Tsunami, and Now a War on Homebirth

Edna Beguia

PART 4 PRAGMATIC MODELS: CHALLENGING BIRTH MANAGEMENT NORMS AND NURTURING PROFESSIONAL COOPERATION

13. Cooperative Competition among the Professions: Pizza and Other Keys to Disarmament in Canada

P. James A. Ruiter and Carol Cameron

14. Birth with No Regret in Turkey

Hakan Çoker, Neşe Karabekir, Serpil Varlık

15. Where There Are No Doctors: Shifting Major Surgical Operations to Non-Physician Clinics for Better Outcomes in Mozambique and Tanzania

Caetano Pereira and Staffan Bergström

16. Solitary and Kin-Assisted Rarámuri Births: Ideals and Realities

Janneli F. Miller

Conclusion: Speaking Truth to Power Individually and Collectively Will Redistribute the Power

Betty-Anne Daviss

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Biography

Betty-Anne Daviss has served as a midwife for 45 years and is internationally renowned as a breech expert, and researcher on home birth and ethnography in childbirth. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Pauline Jewett Institute of Gender and Women’s Studies, Carleton University, Canada, and has privileges at l’Hôpital Montfort and The Ottawa Hospital.

Robbie Davis-Floyd is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas Austin, USA. She is a well-known international speaker and researcher on transformational models in childbirth, midwifery and obstetrics.