Stalled labor : homebirth parents, gender, and ritual in the US
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Pregnancy and birth are not purely biological, but fraught in every human culture with a great deal of meaning. Home birth, though unusual in the US, offers an opportunity to examine the cultural beliefs of those that choose it. Through a series of semi-structured ethnographic interviews with homebirth mothers, partners, and midwives, I find that these parents hope to transform the culture of birth to empower women, include men more fully, and give babies a gentler welcome into the world. This thesis draws on feminist and symbolic anthropological theories to examine midwife-attended pregnancy ...