choices, and sexual activity.” 13 In addition, though she was herself a pioneering woman doctor, Légey's plan to “modernize” midwifery played a role in a broader Protectorate effort that undermined the authority of indigenous female healthcare workers. As
Françoise Légey and Childbirth in Morocco
Jonathan G. Katz
Childbirth, Midwifery, and Concepts of Time by McCourt, Christine
Place of Birth and Concepts of Wellbeing
An Analysis from Two Ethnographic Studies of Midwifery Units in England
Christine McCourt, Juliet Rayment, Susanna Rance, and Jane Sandall
hospital obstetric unit was geographically difficult. Previously called Maternity Homes, they were commonly known as ‘isolated GP units’ ( Macfarlane and Mugford 2000 ) and under recent policies were reconstituted as freestanding midwifery units. As care
Midwifery and Concepts of Time
Childbirth: Midwifery and Concepts of Time Edited by Christine McCourt Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2009, ISBN 978-1-84545-586-6 (hardback only) 272 pp. excl. bibliog., index. £55.00.
Problems Don't Care about Disciplinary Boundaries
Regina F. Bendix
Interdisciplinary collaboration is a sensible approach for addressing complex problems. However, academic training and the resulting disciplinary habitus (and competition) often leave such collaborative skills woefully underdeveloped. This contribution outlines how ethnographic sensibilities and skills may contribute to overcoming borders between disciplinary practitioners and enhancing self-awareness within and across scientific and scholarly practice. It thus proposes ethnographic attention as interdisciplinary midwifery.
Practising in the Field
A Narrative of Public Health Research
The following is a narrative of a medical researcher and her experiences in the field. Una Lynch, a resident of Northern Ireland and currently a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Queen’s University Belfast, has engaged in extensive public health research using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Though historically, as anthropologists, we have valued the contributions fieldwork has offered to our understanding of culture, personality, lifestyles and behaviours, we seldom encounter fieldwork within other facets of academia. How is ethnography used, therefore, within other disciplines? What contributions has ethnography brought to knowledge outside the borders of anthropology?
Barbaric Custom and Colonial Science
Teaching the Female Body in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
This chapter explores the process of reforming ‘refractory’ female bodies in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. It discusses the goals of the Midwives Training School in Omdurman and the methods of the British women who established it during the 1920s and 1930s in light of ethnographic data from the rural north. I suggest that while midwifery training had contradictory outcomes and failed to under- mine the logic that underpinned the practice of pharaonic (female) circumcision, some aspects of it became woven into the fabric of Sudanese daily life in unexpected ways. Parties to the colonizing venture looked, inescapably, in two directions at once: to the imme- diate situation in which they were mutually engaged, and to the respective cultural contexts of health from whence they came and in which they remained grounded.
Anthropological Perspectives on Wellbeing and Place
Emilia Ferraro and Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti
their analysis on Midwifery Units in England, which have been intended specifically as locations to promote a sense of wellbeing by seeking to have a therapeutic effect on babies and birthing women. Their article reveals that the focus on the place of
‘But Isn’t It the Baby that Decides When It Will Be Born?’
Temporality and Women’s Embodied Experiences of Giving Birth
‘regression’ or ‘reversal’, and the factors influencing this, appear to be seldom discussed outside midwifery circles, with only limited research conducted on this phenomenon. 14 Debra’s midwife suggests an intriguing silence about this phenomenon within
Public Health in Eastern Europe
Visible Modernization and Elusive Gender Transformation
, Kind-Kovacs, and Bernasconi's anthology includes a few gender-sensitive contributions on midwifery, women's alcoholism, and politics of reproduction but does not explore issues of masculinity in the chapters focusing on war heroes. In other words