By Ambalika Guha
The topic of medicalisation of childbirth in colonial India has to date been pointed out with 3 significant issues: the try to reform or ‘sanitise’ the positioning of birthing practices, constructing lying-in hospitals and exchanging conventional start attendants with expert midwives and certified woman doctors.
This booklet, a part of the sequence The Social background of healthiness and medication in South Asia, appears on the interactions among childbirth and midwifery practices and colonial modernities. Taking japanese India as a case research and similar examine from different components, with difficult empirical data from neighborhood govt our bodies, municipal businesses and district forums, it is going past the normal narrative to show how the past due nineteenth-century projects to reform birthing practices were basically a modernist reaction of the western-educated colonised center type to the colonial critique of Indian sociocultural codes. It offers a perceptive old research of the way institutionalisation of midwifery used to be formed via the debates at the women’s question, nationalism and colonial public health and wellbeing rules, all intersecting in the interwar years. The learn lines the start of medicalisation of childbirth, the professionalisation of obstetrics, the service provider of male doctors, inclusion of midwifery as an instructional topic in clinical colleges and results of maternal care and little one welfare.
This booklet will tremendously curiosity students and researchers in heritage, social medication, public coverage, gender experiences and South Asian studies.
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Colonial Modernities: Midwifery in Bengal, c.1860–1947 (The Social History of Health and Medicine in South Asia) by Ambalika Guha