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Why midwives should be feminists
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2015 (English)In: Midwifery Digest, ISSN 0961-5555, Vol. 25, no 2, 154-160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Gender inequality and oppression is a pervasive feature of human cultures and societies across the world and this is reflected in women's reproductive health with unacceptably high maternal mortality rates in low-income countries and excessive rates of intervention in childbirth in high-income countries. Midwifery, a profession whose raison d'etre is to be 'with women' with an explicit focus on maximising their reproductive health, has been slow to engage with a gendered analysis of these effects. There has also been a reluctance to utilise a feminist lens in addressing midwifery policy, practice and research. In this paper, we argue for change so that feminist values and gender equality become central to all midwifery endeavours.

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2015. Vol. 25, no 2, 154-160 p.
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Midwifery, Feminist values, Gender Inequality, Reproductive Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109728OAI: diva2:858866
Available from: 2015-10-05 Created: 2015-10-05 Last updated: 2015-12-08Bibliographically approved

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