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Doulas and Intimate Labour: Boundaries, Bodies, and Birth

edited by Angela N. Castañeda and Julie Johnson Searcy
Format
Book
Published
Bradford, Ontario : Demeter Press, 2015.
Language
English
Variant Title
Doulas and intimate labor
ISBN
9781926452135, 1926452135
Summary
"This edited volume focuses on doulas and the intimate practices involved with doula care. It raises critical questions about the social and cultural meanings of attending to women during the transition to motherhood. In her book The Tender Gift (1973), medical anthropologist Dana Raphael first applied the word doula to birth culture when describing the importance of "mothering the mother" and increasing successful breastfeeding results during the fourth trimester. Today the term doula covers a much broader field of birth work, which includes birth, postpartum and full spectrum doulas or doulas who care for women during abortion, adoption, surrogacy, miscarriage and stillbirth. This collection includes academic and personal essays written by a diverse group of scholars, including practicing midwives and doulas. This volume privileges the voices of doulas and researchers who study doulas, as we explore intimate labor, knowledge and the construction of different material realities of the birthing body. Contributing chapters focus on doulas as cultural brokers and translators during birth, doulas as mediators between birthing bodies and other care professionals such as labor and delivery nurses, the work of full spectrum doulas as birth activists working as abortion doulas, and the ways in which doulas negotiate the multiple identity transformations surrounding birthing bodies. As doulas negotiate their work, they represent a community in constant negotiation of borders and boundaries, one where we can turn as scholars to think through the process of birthing and what it means for the kind of work mothering entails."--
Contents
  • Foreword / Robbie Davis-Floyd
  • Introduction: Across the Reproductive Divide / Angela N. Castañeda and Julie Johnson Searcy
  • Experts in Birth: How Doulas Improve Outcomes for Birthing Women and Their Babies / Megan Davidson
  • Retrieving the Maps to Motherhood / Alison Bastien
  • A Doula for the Mother and the Self: Exploring the Intersection of Birth and Body Culture / Sarah Lewin
  • "Screw You Guys! I'm Not a Bad Person": Disrupting the Damaged Birth Mother Model with Doula Support / Susanna C. Snyder
  • "When You Go Through Something Like that with Somebody": Turning Points in the Relationships Between Doulas and Young Mothers / Jon Korfmacher and Marisha Humphries
  • Doulas as Facilitators of Transformation and Grief / Amy L. Gilliland
  • Learning to Walk in Water: Invoking Yemanja on the Doula Path / Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde
  • "What Kind of Doula Are You?" Birth Doulas, Multiple Moralities, and the Processes and Politics of "Ethical Becoming" / Nicole C. Gallicchio
  • "My Role Is to Walk the Tightrope": Doulas and Intimacy / Angela N. Castañeda and Julie Johnson Searcy
  • Providing Boundaries in Postpartum Doula Care / Jacqueline Kelleher
  • Being a Doula When Birth Choice is Limited: Supporting Birthing Mothers in a Mexican Hospital / Vania Smith-Oka
  • Cultivating Collaborative Relationships in the Provision of Labour Support: Doulas and Labour and Delivery Nurses / Christine Morton, Marla Seacrist, Jennifer Torres, and Nicole Heidbreder
  • Story-Centred Care: Full-Spectrum Doula Work and Narrative Medicine / Annie Robinson and Lauren Mitchell
  • Between Two Worlds: Doula Care, Liminality, and the Power of Mandorla Spaces / Courtney Everson and Melissa Cheyney
  • Reimagining the Birthing Body: Reproductive Justice and New Directions in Doula Care / Monica Basile.
Description
xxx, 252 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references.
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