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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
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 ...
To permit his presence is to confuse two categories of social identity, that in
which the woman is wife, sexual being and ... 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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