The birth professionals: Emerging practices of birthing in contemporary India

Majumdar, Sreya and Majumdar, Anindita (2021) The birth professionals: Emerging practices of birthing in contemporary India. Asian Journal of Women's Studies, 27 (4). pp. 555-574. ISSN 1225-9276

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In this paper, we define what we understand by birth professionals and examine how they have emerged in India in response to existing obstetric and gynecological practices. The focus here is on the emerging category of the “birth professional,” as we look back into how professional midwifery, doulas, childbirth educators and lactation consultants have come to define “newer” birthing options for women, with the corresponding decline of traditional midwifery in India. Finally, the paper uses ethnographic field data on professional midwives and doulas, to define what birth professionalism represents in India through case studies. © 2021 Asian Center for Women's Studies, Ewha Womans University.

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Additional Information: We would like to thank the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad for the institutional support and Prof. Ravinder Kaur and Prof. Paro Mishra for making this research possible. We are also grateful to the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and to all the respondents for their valuable time and for accepting to be a part of this study.
Uncontrolled Keywords: birth professionals; doulas; Positive birth; professional midwives; South Asia
Subjects: Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
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Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2022 07:46
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2022 07:46
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