Childbirth Across Cultures

Ideas and Practices of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Postpartum


ISBN: 978-90-481-2598-2 (Print) 978-90-481-2599-9 (Online)

Table of contents (26 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii

  2. Chapter

    Pages 1-22

    Birth and the Big Bad Wolf: An Evolutionary Perspective1

  3. Chapter

    Pages 23-32

    Breastfeeding and Child Spacing

  4. Chapter

    Pages 33-39

    Culturally Diverse Women Giving Birth: Their Stories

  5. Chapter

    Pages 41-53

    A History of Western Medicine, Labor, and Birth

  6. Chapter

    Pages 55-69

    Childbirth in China

  7. Chapter

    Pages 71-76

    Childbirth Among Hong Kong Chinese

  8. Chapter

    Pages 77-83

    Childbirth in Korea

  9. Chapter

    Pages 85-94

    Childbirth in Japan

  10. Chapter

    Pages 95-106

    A Sacramental Theory of Childbirth in India

  11. Chapter

    Pages 107-122

    Rural Midwives in South India: The Politics of Bodily Knowledge

  12. Chapter

    Pages 123-135

    Constructions of Birth in Bangladesh

  13. Chapter

    Pages 137-144

    Pregnancy and Childbirth in Nepal: Women’s Role and Decision-Making Power

  14. Chapter

    Pages 145-160

    Pregnancy and Childbirth in Tibet: Knowledge, Perspectives, and Practices

  15. Chapter

    Pages 161-173

    Nyob Nruab Hlis: Thirty Days Confinement in Hmong Culture

  16. Chapter

    Pages 175-184

    Pregnancy, Childbirth and Traditional Beliefs and Practices in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand

  17. Chapter

    Pages 185-193

    Childbirth Experience in the Negev – The Southern Region of Israel

  18. Chapter

    Pages 195-203

    Childbirth and Maternal Mortality in Morocco: The Role of Midwives

  19. Chapter

    Pages 205-213

    Childbirth in Zimbabwe

  20. Chapter

    Pages 215-220

    Childbirth in Nigeria

  21. Chapter

    Pages 221-228

    Childbirth in Tanzania: Individual, Family, Community

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