This project is intended to provide insight into the similarities and differences in global customs as they relate to the health of pregnant people and infants. Further, it is intended to bring awareness to the changes in traditional medicine and habits in pregnancy and the postpartum following the widespread introduction of Western practices in medicinal, cultural, and political fields across the globe.

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1. This text is a compilation of ethnographic studies from across the globe. It emphasizes how perinatal care is influenced by the Westernization of medical care.

Selin, Helaine, and Pamela K. Stone, editors. Childbirth Across Cultures: Ideas and Practices of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Postpartum. Springer, 2009.

2. This text details an ethnographic study in which all aspects of reproduction are considered in rural communities in Central Mozambique.

Chapman, Rachel R. Family Secrets: Risking Reproduction in Central Mozambique. Vanderbilt University Press, 2010.

3. This text describes an ethnographic study of reproduction in Mexican emigrant mothers wherein they describe the differences between perinatal care in Mexico and the United States.

Galvez, Alyshia. Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers: Mexican Women, Public Prenatal Care, and the Birth-Weight Paradox. Rutgers Univ. Press, 2011.

4. This text outlines an ethnographic study of the effects of the medicalization of childbirth and perinatal care, describing traditional care in rural communities in Greece.

Georges, Eugenia. Bodies of Knowledge: The Medicalization of Reproduction in Greece. Vanderbilt University Press, 2008.

5. This text describes ethnographic research on the changes and continuities of healthcare in Maya Guatemala 

Adams, Walter Randolph, and John P. Hawkins. Health Care in Maya Guatemala: Confronting Medical Pluralism in a Developing Country. Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2007.

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