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Title: Childbirth Practices and Midwifery: Exploring Social Changes in Indian Context
Other Titles: SOCIAL TRENDS, Vol. 6, March 2019, p 168 - 182
Authors: Sharma, Rukmani
Keywords: Dais
social change
place of birth
government plans
politics of knowledge
Issue Date: Mar-2019
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: Healthy women represent health standards of any nation, although the maternal health care throughout the world is severely damaged. The paper discusses changes in the social location of Dais and their socio-cultural roles over the decades till the contemporary society. Many scholars have brought to light the way politics of knowledge works, and how the knowledge based on experience, skill, insights and culture is denounced. State has taken several measures in maternal health care but has failed in yielding good results. The paper tires to compare birth practices in different parts of India and tries to evaluate the reasons behind the similarities and differences. Three major areas of the problem have been located in childbirth practices. First, despite of government measures the rural and poor women continue to face discrimination in the maternal health care, particularly those who depend on unskilled birth attendants; second, the over-medicalization of childbirth; and third, the continued practice of homebirth.
ISSN: 2348-6538
Appears in Collections:Vol. 06 (March 2019)

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