Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
School of Exercise and Health Science
Communications, Health and Science
Dr Lynne Hunt
Dr Nancy Hudson-Rodd
The intent of this study is to explore why and in what ways rural, poor women in Bangladesh adhere to indigenous birth practices and resist cosmopolitan obstetric care. To understand the complexities of childbirth, a multidimensional framework encompassing culture, gender, socio-economic, political economy and historical perspectives is used. I used ethnographic methods to have deeper understanding of childbirth practices predominantly from women's voices, but strengthened by multiple other voices and my observational experiences. I gathered information in Apurbabari village, the adjacent Thana Health Complex and the Medical College Hospital using in-depth interviews and participant observation, in particular.
Afsana, K. (2003). Power, knowledge and childbirth practices : an ethnographic exploration in Bangladesh. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/500