This essential collection on maternal and child health focuses on the rites of giving birth from a cross-cultural perspective. The distinguished list of contributors describe the many customs surrounding birth through infancy, such as attitudes and techniques in childbirth, the influence of societal factors that differentiate Western from non-Western maternal birthing positions, the art of midwifery, customs and beliefs regarding breastfeeding, weaning, swaddling. This book will be valuable for courses in medical sociology and anthropology, public health or behavioral sciences, psychology and psychiatry, and for pre-med students.
Lauren Dundes is associate professor of sociology at McDaniel College. She teaches sociology, criminology and criminal justice, and medical sociology.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Childbirth in Cross-Cultural Perspective Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Evolutionary Environments of Human Birth and Infancy: Insights to Apply to Contemporary Life Chapter 4 Chapter 3: The Evolution of Maternal Birthing Position Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Midwifery Chapter 6 Chapter 5: Imagery and Symbolism in the Birth Practices of Traditional Cultures Chapter 7 Chapter 6: The Cultural Anthropology of the Placenta Chapter 8 Chapter 7: The Social History of the Caul Chapter 9 Chapter 8: Roasting, Smoking and Dieting in Response to Birth: Malay Confinement in Cross-Cultural Perspective Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Is Infant-Parent Co-Sleeping Protective? Chapter 11 Chapter 10: The Cultural Characteristics of Breast-Feeding: A Survey Chapter 12 Chapter 11: Culture and the Problem of Weaning Chapter 13 Chapter 12: Child Rearing in Certain European Countries Chapter 14 Chapter 13: Ethnic Differences in Babies