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Touching bellies, touching lives : midwives of Southern Mexico tell their stories

Author: Judy Gabriel
Publisher: Long Grove, Illinois : Waveland Press, Inc., [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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"Judy Gabriel gives humble, authentic voice to the personal experiences and practices of scores of traditional midwives in rural Mexico. The midwives talk about their childhoods, marriages, losses, rituals, and techniques. The rich narratives describe childbirth before modern medicine redefined it. Intended to engage, enrich, and inspire, Gabriel's work tells of the women who received generations of babies into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal Narratives
Biography Anecdotes
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judy Gabriel
ISBN: 9781478627104 1478627107
OCLC Number: 908805326
Description: xvi, 197 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: How it began --
Oaxaca --
Huajuapan --
Zihuatanejo --
The hospital in Zihuatanejo --
Chiapas and Tabasco --
Yucatán Peninsula --
Vera Cruz, Puebla, and Morelos --
Oaxaca and home --
Epilogue: Hope for a new midwifery in Mexico.
Responsibility: Judy Gabriel.

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"Judy Gabriel gives humble, authentic voice to the personal experiences and practices of scores of traditional midwives in rural Mexico. The midwives talk about their childhoods, marriages, losses, rituals, and techniques. The rich narratives describe childbirth before modern medicine redefined it. Intended to engage, enrich, and inspire, Gabriel's work tells of the women who received generations of babies into their hands when knowledge about childbirth came from women's bodies, from instinct, from dreams, and from other women. The stories unfold in the context of high-intervention obstetrics and soaring Cesarean rates, a world that often degrades women and violates the sanctity of birth. An ideal supplemental text for courses in cultures of Mesoamerica; the anthropology of reproduction, midwifery, and birth; medical or biological anthropology; and midwifery practice in historical and cross-cultural context."--Publisher's website.

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