Tue, 2 Jun 2015 at 17:15

 

Barbara Katz Rothman, Professor of Sociology, Public Health, Disability Studies and Women’s Studies, The City University of New York.

“Midwives, including those most committed to the preservation of normal birth, do not simply stand by, ‘watchfully waiting’ as they are so often described.
As more and more of life has been industrialised, there are social movements arising, from birth to death, food and more, which critique the industrial and corporate approach and seek out artisanal, craft, individualised care and services.
Midwives, I will be arguing, hold a parallel place in the world of birth to the place of artisanal food makers in the food movement. They resist industrialisation by bringing the skills of craftsworkers, a deep attention to detail, to the nuances of individual variation, and to the social context in which their skills are practiced. Let us discuss midwifery in this context.”

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