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Author Berry, Nicole M

Title Unsafe Motherhood : Mayan Maternal Mortality and Subjectivity in Post-War Guatemala
Published New York : Berghahn Books, Inc., 2010
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Description 1 online resource (271 pages)
Series Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality, vol. 21
Fertility, reproduction, and sexuality vol. 21
Contents Figures; Acknowledgments; Prologue. The Story of Rosario; Introduction. The Specter of Death; Chapter 1. Life, Birth, and Death in the Village; Chapter 2. Coming to the ER--Analysis of an Interaction; Chapter 3. Global Safe Motherhood and Making Local Pregnancy Safer--The Spin and What It Covers Up; Chapter 4. The Indio Bruto and Modern Guatemalan Healthcare; Chapter 5. Everyday Violence--From a Kaqchikel Village to the Nation and Back; Chapter 6. Praying for a Good Outcome--Staying at Home during Obstetric Problems; Conclusion. Putting the "Maternal" Back in Maternal Mortality; Notes
Summary Since 1987, when the global community first recognized the high frequency of women in developing countries dying from pregnancy-related causes, little progress has been made to combat this problem. This study follows the global policies that have been implemented in Sololá, Guatemala in order to decrease high rates of maternal mortality among indigenous Mayan women. The author examines the diverse meanings and understandings of motherhood, pregnancy, birth and birth-related death among the biomedical personnel, village women, their families, and midwives. These incongruous perspectives, in con
Bibliography BibliographySubject Index; Index to Ethnographic Vignettes
Notes Print version record
Subject Childbirth at home -- Guatemala -- Santa Cruz La Laguna.
Maternal health services -- Guatemala -- Santa Cruz La Laguna.
Mothers -- Mortality -- Guatemala -- Santa Cruz La Laguna.
Pregnancy -- Complications -- Guatemala -- Santa Cruz La Laguna.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1845459962