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 been placed on the importance of ‘the golden trio’: vaginal birth, breastfeeding and immediate skin to skin contact after birth. These three experiences are said to seed a baby’s immune system with …
(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 birthday sets the foundation for all the days that follow.”
“The First 1,000 Days of being a parent are now accepted to be the most significant in a child’s development.”
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 in the Department of Behavioural Science at Ruppin Academic Center in Israel.
The top of my heap this past summer has been stacked with a list of documentary films on …
Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India
By Cecilia Van Hollen
Stanford University Press, 2013. 274 pp.
Cecilia Van Hollen’s latest book, Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India, provides a nuanced, readable, and extremely compelling exploration of the lived experiences of women enrolled in prevention of parent …
The current issue of Health, Risk & Society is a special issue, entitled “Risk, Pregnancy and Childbirth.” Along with an introduction by Barbara Katz Rothman, the issue contains seven articles organized around four thematic areas. The abstracts are listed below.
Pregnancy, birth and risk: An introduction
Barbara Katz Rothman
In this introduction, I use my nearly 40 years of work
This report highlights the activities of the Science, Technology and Medicine Interest Group (one of several special interest groups affiliated with the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)) at the 2011 Annual Meetings of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) conference in Cleveland, OH in early November. Within the broader structure of the SMA, STM promotes the anthropological …