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- DescriptionAt Work in the Field of Birth is an ethgraphic study of midwifery in Canada in the wake of its historic transition from the margins as a grassroots social movement devoted to low-tech, woman-centered care to a regulated profession within the public health care system. In January 1994, after decades of lobbying by midwives and their supporters, the province of Ontario recognized midwifery as a profession for the first time in more than a century. Through stories about becoming and being a midwife and stories about receiving midwifery care, this book describes how fundamental tenets of midwifery philosophy and practice - the meaning of tradition, natural birth, and home birth, and the place of medical techlogy in midwifery - are being reworked by the practical and ideological challenges of midwifery's new place within the formal health care system. MacDonald presents contemporary midwifery as a complex cultural system in which nature and tradition emerge as dynamic rather than essentialized social categories of meaning and experience.
- Author BiographyMargaret MacDonald teaches in the Department of Anthropology at York University in Toronto.
- PublisherVanderbilt University Press
- Date of Publication15/05/2008
- SubjectMedical Nursing & Ancillary Services
- Place of PublicationTennessee
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintVanderbilt University Press
- Content Noteindex, references, glossary
- Weight445 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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