University of Technology Sydney

92676 Power, Politics and Midwifery

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This subject focusses on the intersection of gender (the cultural construction of femininity and masculinity), power and the socio-political contexts of childbearing. Students examine midwifery from a feminist perspective and identify historical and current gender-based issues that impact on the profession and therefore on childbearing women. The subject examines historical medicalisation practices and current technological influences in relation to the position women hold in Westernised societies. The subject exposes students to socio-political discourses that inform the experience of childbirth for women, families and for midwives. The portrayal of childbearing and midwifery in popular culture provides a platform for students to critically analyse the portrayal of women, birth and mothering in today’s society. The subject also provides an overview of the human rights’ perspective on childbearing and the care that women are entitled to, and includes how midwives work in partnership with women to advocate for improvements and reform in maternity services.

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