Challenging the Biomedical Model of Childbirth

Course Level 1: Introductory

Estimated Study Time: 5 hours

Health means different things to different people, and this is reflected in the experiences of pregnancy and childbirth in this course. People’s views on health and disease are often influenced by official discourse which today, just as in times past, has projected authoritative messages about what should be considered important. Such official accounts contain judgments about health, emphasizing some ideas and practices while marginalizing others. In childbirth, there have been many challenges to these official ways of seeing and doing, and this course focuses on some of them.

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