1st Edition

Safe Motherhood in a Globalized World

ISBN 9780415853408
Published October 30, 2013 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides cutting edge information on safe motherhood in a global context. The chapters focus on research, program development and implementation, and policy dealing with various aspects of pregnancy, labor and delivery. Safe motherhood is a critical issue since healthy, safe motherhood is the prerequisite for a healthy, productive society. Writing about the situation in their countries, the authors are from Eastern Europe, America, Asia and Africa and are academic scholars and health practitioners. The book is multidisciplinary with scholars from sociology, gender studies, economics, social policy, social geography, population management and political science. Topics include lactation policy and misunderstandings of lactations in African countries and in the United States; postnatal stress disorder that is either understudied or not considered as a problem in many developing countries; potential causes of a decline of maternal health in democratizing states; the effect of geographical environment on reproductive health; and revelation of mysteries of consequences of pre-birth pain in the early life of children. Case studies provide examples of successful model programs. Solutions offered are based on utilizing available resources and technology in ways that maximize education and training of local health professionals and family members.

This book was published as a special issue of Marriage and Family Review.

Table of Contents


1. Conceptual Framework for Integrating Holistic Perspectives and Approaches to Problems of Safe Motherhood  Barbara Wejnert, Suzanne K. Steinmetz and Nirupama Prakash

2. Effects of Global Democracy on Women’s Reproductive Health: 1970-2005, Cross-World Analysis  Barbara Wejnert

3. Communicating Safe Motherhood: Strategic Messaging in a Globalized World  Santosh Vijaykumar

4. The Impact of Culture on Lactations Policies: the Case of US and Liberia  Andrea Parrot

5. Public-Private Partnership for Maternal Health in Africa: prospects and challenges  Marieme Lo

6. Consequences of Pain in Early Life and its Remedy: Maternal Responsibility  Manasi Bhattacharjee, Suman Jain and Rashmi Mathur

7. Health Status and Pregnancy Outcome in Patients Attending Prenatal Care  Sanajana R. Bhat

8. Psychological Disorders in Postpartum Women: The Impact on the Mother and the Child. Current Issues in Remediation in India  Elizabeth Daniel


9. Maternal Health Policies in Countries in Transition: Poland and Kyrgyzstan, 1990-2006  Barbara Wejnert, Andrea Parrot, and Alma Djumabaeva

10. Maternal Health in Post-Soviet Georgia  Tamar Dagargulia and Medo Badashvili

11. Safe Motherhood in the Context of Nepal  Bidya Bhattarai

12. Charity or Entitlement Conundrum: Welfare Policies and Safe Motherhood in the Impoverished Buffalo, New York  Katheleen Cimasi and Barbara Wejnert


13. Ensuring Safe Motherhood by Using ICT Tools in Behavioral Change Communication  Anjana Maitra

14. The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Addressing Safe Motherhood in South Asia  Geeta Malhotra

15. Maternal Health Care Services in Himalayas  Surekha Kishore

16. Geographical Perspectives on Safe Motherhood in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka. A Case Study of the Doragala Tea Plantation in Pussellawa  Ram Alagan and Seela Aladuwaka

17. Strategies for Measuring and Promoting Mothers’ Social Support Networks  Cyprian Wejnert

18. Training Camp on Safe Motherhood in Rural India: A Research Note  Nirupama Prakash

19. Lessons on Safe Motherhood: Conclusions and Policy Recommendations  Suzanne K. Steinmetz

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Barbara Wejnert is Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Gender Studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.

Suzanne K. Steinmetz is Professor of Sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI) and editor of Marriage & Family Review.

Nirupama Prakash is Chief of the Women Studies & Societal Development Unit at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India.