Where There Is No Midwife

Where There Is No Midwife

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In the Sitapurdistrict of Uttar Pradesh, an agricultural region with high rates of infant mortality, maternal health services are poor while family planning efforts are intensive. By following the daily lives of women in this setting, the author considers the womena€™s own experiences of birth and infant death, their ways of making-do, and the hierarchies they create and contend with. This book develops an approach to the care that focuses on emotion, domestic spaces, illicit and extra-institutional biomedicine, and household and neighborly relations that these women are able to access. It shows that, as part of the concatenation of affect and access, globalized moralities about reproduction are dependent on ambiguous ideas about caste. Through the unfolding of birth and death, a new vision of quntouchabilityq emerges that is integral to visions of progress.Though he spoke little Hindi, his days were as full as mine with visits, journeys, games, and copious amounts of tea ... In my fifth month of pregnancy, overcome by summer heat and pregnancy-related sickness, I returned to the United States.

Title:Where There Is No Midwife
Author:Sarah Pinto
Publisher:Berghahn Books - 2013-07-15


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