Chapter

Scars into Stars

Robbi E. Davis-Floyd

in Birth as an American Rite of Passage

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520229327
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520229327.003.0007
Scars into Stars

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This chapter describes the range of long-term postbirth responses and transformations experienced by the thirty-two women in this study. It explains that those women who found a great discrepancy between the cognitive content of hospital birth rituals and their own reality models tended either to compartmentalize the experience to initiate further epistemic exploration of its meaning. It also contends that when women reject hospital routines, they are also rejecting many of the basic messages of hospital birth.

Keywords: postbirth responses; women; hospital birth; birth rituals; cognitive content; reality models; hospital routines

Chapter.  4725 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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