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Social Science Perspectives on Childbirth and Reproduction

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This book series includes single-authored, co-authored, and edited volumes based on qualitative (or a combination of qualitative and quantitative) research focused on childbirth-related issues, including those related to birth practitioners such as midwives (both professional and traditional), obstetricians, nurses, doulas, and others. It seeks new perspectives on functional and sustainable birth models and the challenges to their creation, as well as on obstetric violence, disrespect, and abuse, and their root causes. Single-case or comparative ethnographies on birth and other reproductive issues, from high-tech conceptions to normal pregnancy and birth, and including reproductive politics, are also welcome.

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Eggonomics The Global Market in Human Eggs and the Donors Who Supply Them

Eggonomics: The Global Market in Human Eggs and the Donors Who Supply Them

1st Edition


By Diane M. Tober
October 01, 2024

What happens when people are reduced to products? By pulling back the clinical curtain on the multi-billion dollar per year global egg industry, that is the central question Eggonomics seeks to address. Tracing the emotional and physical journeys egg donors embark upon as suppliers of valuable ...

Doulas in Italy The Emergence of a 'New' Care Profession

Doulas in Italy: The Emergence of a 'New' Care Profession

1st Edition

By Pamela Pasian
May 27, 2024

This book documents the emergence of doulas as care professionals in Italy, considers their training, practices, and representation, and analyses their role in national and international context. Doulas offer emotional, informational and practical support to women and their families during ...

Pregnancy and Birth in Russia The Struggle for

Pregnancy and Birth in Russia: The Struggle for "Good Care"

1st Edition

By Anna Temkina, Anastasia Novkunskaya, Daria Litvina
May 27, 2024

This book provides a theoretically and empirically grounded examination of the struggle for maternity care in contemporary Russia, framed by changes to the healthcare system and the roles of its participants after socialism. The chapters consider multiple perspectives and interactions between women...

Baloch Midwives Contesting Global Perceptions of Midwifery in Balochistan, Pakistan

Baloch Midwives: Contesting Global Perceptions of Midwifery in Balochistan, Pakistan

1st Edition

By Fouzieyha Towghi
March 29, 2024

This book is the first major ethnography of Baloch midwives in Pakistan. Drawing on long-term ethnographic research in Balochistan province, it shows how dhīnabogs/dheenabogs (Baloch midwives ranging in age from about 30 to 80) and their dhīnabogirī (midwifery) aid women and their kin through labor...

Negotiated Breastfeeding Holistic Postpartum Care and Embodied Parenting

Negotiated Breastfeeding: Holistic Postpartum Care and Embodied Parenting

1st Edition

By Caroline Chautems
May 31, 2023

Based on an ethnography of postpartum consultations by independent midwives in Switzerland, this book produces unique insights into home-birth parents’ breastfeeding journey from the first hours after birth to weaning. Considered the "natural" continuity of childbirth without intervention, ...

Midwives in Mexico Situated Politics, Politically Situated

Midwives in Mexico: Situated Politics, Politically Situated

1st Edition

By Hanna Laako, Georgina Sánchez-Ramírez
January 09, 2023

This book presents the contemporary history and dynamics of Mexican midwifery - professional, (post)modern or autonomous, traditional and Indigenous - as profoundly political and embedded in differing societal stratifications. By situated politics, the authors refer to various networks, spaces and...

Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Birth as an American Rite of Passage

1st Edition

By Robbie Davis-Floyd
May 06, 2022

This classic book, first published in 1992 and again in 2003, has inspired three generations of childbearing people, birth activists and researchers, and birth practitioners—midwives, doulas, nurses, and obstetricians—to take a fresh look at the "standard procedures" that are routinely used to "...

Birthing Techno-Sapiens Human-Technology Co-Evolution and the Future of Reproduction

Birthing Techno-Sapiens: Human-Technology Co-Evolution and the Future of Reproduction

1st Edition

Edited By Robbie Davis-Floyd
March 31, 2021

This ground-breaking book challenges us to re-think ourselves as techno-sapiens—a new species we are creating as we continually co-evolve ourselves with our technologies. While some of its chapters are imaginary, they are all empirically grounded in ethnography and richly theorized from diverse ...

Birthing Models on the Human Rights Frontier Speaking Truth to Power

Birthing Models on the Human Rights Frontier: Speaking Truth to Power

1st Edition

Edited By Betty-Anne Daviss, Robbie Davis-Floyd
December 30, 2020

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 ...

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