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Ideas like not lifting your arms above your head lest the cord gets twisted round
the baby's neck, and that if you are frightened by a mouse the baby may be born
with a mouse-shaped birth mark, or that if you do not get the food you crave— ...
sons is already established long before the baby is born. All the same, the
Mundugumor are exceptional. In most societies, ritual in pregnancy is supportive
rather than merely an extra irritation. In my own anthropological field work in
Jamaica I ...
When a baby was still-born the midwife who delivered a number of still-born
babies or ones who died shortly after birth was especially vulnerable to attacks of
this nature. It was the custom of medieval midwives to leave the nail of one finger
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A leading social anthropologist examines what being a mother means to a woman as a person, using examples from societies all over the world, and concludes that a great deal of what we call "maternal ... Read full review
Mothercraft or Motherhood?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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Ethics and Human Reproduction: A Feminist Analysis
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Don't blame mother: mending the mother-daughter relationship
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