Tag: Childbirth

Visions of Black Futurity Amidst the Double Pandemic of COVID-19 and Police Brutality by Nadia Mbonde

Nadia Mbonde , May 11th, 2021

When I ask Willow, an Afro-Puerto Rican young woman in her 20s, if quarantine has helped reduce the stigma of mental illness, she responds: I think it will…


The Limits of Warmth: Cultural Adaptation and the Politics of Temperature in a Bolivian Hospital by Gabriela Elisa Morales

Gabriela Elisa Morales , December 1st, 2020

In the small municipal hospital in the Bolivian highland town of Machacamarca (a pseudonym), the chilly air of the Andes seeps into the building, traveling through the thin…


Head circumference by Emily Yates-Doerr

Emily Yates-Doerr , January 27th, 2020

For Spanish click here. In the early months of 2016, as global media sources incited fear among pregnant women that Zika would result in babies with small heads…


The Social Life of Metrics by Rosario García-Meza

Rosario García-Meza , January 27th, 2020

For English click here La vida social de las métricas Guatemala es uno de los países de Centroamérica que ha reportado en la última década uno de los…


Birth as Ritual/Ritual as Birth

Alma Gottlieb , March 11th, 2019

Cultural anthropologist, Robbie Davis-Floyd, is considered by many as the Queen of Childbirth Studies.   A Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of…

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Funny, Awkward, Tender, Focused: Drawing Bodies by Andrea Ford

Andrea Ford , June 8th, 2018

Drawings from my research on childbirth in California created an opportunity for sharing reflections on fieldwork and “seeing.” Birth is a highly mediated experience, with ubiquitous images of…


Risk and utility in the governance of diagnostic testing: the case of genetic screening, 1960 to the present by Steve Sturdy

Steve Sturdy , May 7th, 2018

Routine collection of blood samples from neonates – often using so-called Guthrie cards (pictured) – began in the 1960s when a number of North American and European countries…


Texting Like A State: mHealth and the first thousand days in South Africa by Nanna Schneidermann

Nanna Schneidermann , January 17th, 2018

What does making a new life look like from the perspective of a mobile phone? For the phone of a woman using the public health care system in…


‘On paper’ and ‘having papers’: migrants navigating medical xenophobia and obstetric rights in South Africa by Tamuka Chekero

Tamuka Chekero , October 25th, 2017

Chekero met Pauline at a local pharmacy in Giyani, a small town in the north-east of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The area is best known to…


What a Brown Recluse Spider Has Taught Me

Alma Gottlieb , August 30th, 2017

After having recently received a venomous bite by a brown recluse spider in NYC, I’ve spent some time researching my arachnid attacker and discovering how to recover from the…

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‘A bit of a compromise’: Coming to terms with an emergency caesarean section by Terena Koster

Terena Koster , July 24th, 2017

During the midwife-hosted antenatal class Cath attended in a private hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, where she would eventually give birth, pregnant women were encouraged to name…


And Our Winners Are . . .

Alma Gottlieb , January 20th, 2017

Many thanks to the 1,152 people who entered our publisher’s Amazon Giveaway to receive free copies of A World of Babies, and to Cambridge University Press for sponsoring…

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Alma Gottlieb , January 8th, 2017

Win a free copy of “A World of Babies”! To celebrate the official publication of the book, which is January 2017, our publisher is sponsoring an Amazon Giveaway….

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Infant Topography: Baby Body Mapping in Maphisa, Zimbabwe by Min’enhle Ncube

Min'enhle Ncube , September 19th, 2016

Nomsa, her sixteen month old son Nathi and I met early one morning at the entrance to the open cast mine in Mafuyana, Southern Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. Nathi safely…


Everyday violence, mobility and access to antenatal care by Nicole Ferreira

Nicole Ferreira , August 29th, 2016

I met Libby on a cold winter morning at the clinic. She was a short woman with a strong voice and slow walk. Libby was 35 years old…


1000 Risks and Birth-and-Death in Cape Town by Kathleen McDougall

Kathleen McDougall , June 28th, 2016

“I was willing to die,” Terri told me, “I just didn’t want to have another caesarian.” She referred to her vaginal birth after three c-sections (a VBA3C), which…


Taking up Space

The Anxious Anthropologist , May 16th, 2016

 Nine years ago when I started my doctoral studies not only was I in a fertile intellectual endeavour undertaking fieldwork, reading theory, stretching my brain and writing,…

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Critical interventions in birth in the first 1000 days by Jennifer Rogerson

Jennifer Rogerson , April 25th, 2016

Choice and the assigning of value in the practices and crafting of life-giving work In healthy birthing initiatives described by, among others, the World Health Organization, emphasis has…


Introduction: The First Thousand Days of Life by Michelle Pentecost

Michelle Pentecost , April 11th, 2016

(On behalf of the First Thousand Days Research Group (University of Cape Town)) “Good nutrition in the first 1000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second…


Top of the Heap: Elly Teman by Hannah Gibson

Hannah Gibson , January 7th, 2016

For this installment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Elly Teman, a medical anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of reproduction and a senior lecturer…


The “Ow” of Pain

Alma Gottlieb , February 2nd, 2015

New research claims that saying “Ow” really can ease the pain. Why am I skeptical? Or, rather, why am I skeptical that this works globally? For one thing,…

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