CIPR | Center For Inter-American Policy & Research

Tulane University

The Rituals of Hospital Birth

September 21st, 2015
5:00 PM

Location
Herbert Hall room HE-201G, Uptown Campus

The Rituals of Hospital Birth. This presentation analyzes obstetrical procedures—from electronic fetal monitoring to cesarean section—as rituals that convey the core values of the technocratic society to birthing women. The birth process as it is “managed” in the hospital reflects and perpetuates a cultural emphasis on the value of technology and its intervention into normal life processes such as birth. Typical hospital birth has become a rite of initiation into the belief and value system of the technocracy, whereas the alternative rituals of holistic birth enact belief and value systems radically different from the technocratic paradigm dominant in the hospital, one that offers powerful options to us all.

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