Midwives in Mexico: Situated Politics, Politically Situated

ForewordAcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsSituated author: Hanna LaakoSituated author: Georgina Sánchez-RamírezThe structure of the bookNotesReferencesUnderdogs, turf wars and revivals: Politically situated Mexican midwiferies in historical, multiscale perspectiveSituated knowledgesThe birth of the modern midwife and her dilemmas in the Western worldTwo meandering paths: Mexican professional and traditional midwifery in historical perspectiveThe two meandering paths in contemporary perspective: The emergence of autonomous midwivesConclusions: Autonomy in midwiferyNotesReferencesShe breaks paradigms and leaves a trail: The contested terrains of midwifery activismIntroduction: Midwives and contentious politicsAutonomous midwives and the methodology of this investigationOn human rights in social movementsMidwives, social movements and human rightsThe politicization of autonomous midwives in MexicoHerstory 1: Autonomous science- and spirit-based midwifery in ChiapasHerstory 2: Autonomous rights- and apprentice-based midwifery in Chiapas and Mexico CityConclusions: Articulating and unfolding autonomy in midwiferyNotesReferencesFrom infantilization to body-territoriality: Birth centers in MexicoIntroduction: Hospital birth in modern MexicoFrom infantilization to empowerment: The “conscious birth” and birth centersBirth centers in global perspectiveIn labor: Birth centers in MexicoAlmost clandestine: Birth centers and the methodology of this researchThe visited facilities/homesWorking the contractions: The birth model of BCs in MexicoGiving birth differently: Laboring naturally or consciously?Saying no to hospitalized birthBeing subject to criticism for having chosen a midwifeThe integral support system of the BC modelBecoming empowered through the process of birthConclusionsNotesReferencesDejar pasar: The safe interruption of pregnancy by traditional, Indigenous midwives in southern MexicoIntroduction: Abortion and midwives in Mexico todayAntecedentsMethodology and profile of the midwivesDejar pasar: Midwives and safe abortion in ChiapasHow has the language of abortion changed over time?Sorority: Toward the sisterhoodThe procedure: How to generate confidence?Viene gente de todo tipo: The women who seek midwivesWithout the midwives, who helps?Conclusions: Midwives as human capital in rural regionsNotesReferencesPostcolonial midwifery: Midwives, territories and human rights in developmentHuman rights in development, women’s rights in childbirth: What about the women in the Global South?Righting wrongs: The humanization of birth and obstetric violenceHerstory 1: Rural autonomous midwifery in ChiapasHerstory 2: Autonomous “midwifery in tradition” in OaxacaToward postcolonial midwifery: Bringing births back home in Indigenous territoriesConclusions: Midwives, rights and territoriesNotesReferences
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