Babies in the Cornfield: Stories of Maternal Health and Death from Around the World

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AuthorHouse, Jun 30, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 164 pages
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The life force represents hope, and gives personal meaning to young women who may feel they have no purpose in life except to reproduce themselves. Everyone around this girl - her family, her village or neighbors, and the midwives and doctors who care for her - all feel relevant and proud when they become involved in this life force. Unfortunately, attitudes toward childbirth can progress from respect and awe at this force of nature, to one of suspicion and fear: for don't all forces of nature require management and conquest? Thus childbirth becomes something to control. A reason to bring on the technology. Medical science, surgical training, and the hospital industry all search for ways and reasons to control and confront the unpredictable. And in the fight for control, just like in a war, there are winners and losers.

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A nurse since 1976 and midwife since 1992, Ann has been hired by organizations to live and work in more than 15 countries around the world – from the mountains of Nepal and Bolivia, to the jungles of Brazil and Indonesia, to the deserts of Ethiopia and western Mexico.  She has been involved with the University of Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics as a master trainer in emergency obstetrics since 2001, and has been on editorial boards and evaluation committees since that time for many different international organizations.  Ann lives in Chile with her partner, surrounded by mountains and friends and plenty of cornfields.


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