By Ambalika Guha
The topic of medicalisation of childbirth in colonial India has thus far been pointed out with 3 significant subject matters: the try and reform or ‘sanitise’ the positioning of birthing practices, constructing lying-in hospitals and changing conventional start attendants with proficient midwives and certified woman doctors.
This publication, a part of the sequence The Social historical past of overall healthiness and drugs in South Asia, seems to be on the interactions among childbirth and midwifery practices and colonial modernities. Taking japanese India as a case research and comparable examine from different components, with tough empirical data from neighborhood executive our bodies, municipal enterprises and district forums, it is going past the traditional narrative to show how the overdue nineteenth-century projects to reform birthing practices were primarily a modernist reaction of the western-educated colonised heart type to the colonial critique of Indian sociocultural codes. It presents a perceptive old research of the way institutionalisation of midwifery was once formed via the debates at the women’s question, nationalism and colonial public overall healthiness rules, all intersecting in the interwar years. The examine lines the start of medicalisation of childbirth, the professionalisation of obstetrics, the organization of male doctors, inclusion of midwifery as an educational topic in scientific colleges and effects of maternal care and child welfare.
This booklet will significantly curiosity students and researchers in heritage, social medication, public coverage, gender stories 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