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In parts of East Africa , for example , a woman who is having a long and arduous
labour may have her vagina packed with ... In other pre - industrial societies
dramatic myths may be recounted and re - enacted in front of the labouring
woman in ...
Through the psychodrama of myth the shaman gives to the labouring woman a
metaphoric language in which her ordeal can be expressed and given meaning .
This is a highly sophisticated form of psychotherapy , and no other treatment is ...
There is rarely any medical reason why the father should not be present and
participate in the birth , nor why labour ... In order to avoid confusion between
these two social categories modern obstetrics takes labouring women out of their
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Mothercraft or Motherhood
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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