Cambodian Women: Childbirth and Maternity in Rural Southeast Asia (ASAA Women in Asia Series)
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:7/30/2010 - Routledge
By: Elizabeth Hoban
Based on extensive original research, this insightful book explores the childbirth and maternity experiences of rural women in Cambodia. It provides rich data, examining why Khmer women avoid modern government health centres, which they regard as unfamiliar, expensive and providing poor care, preferring instead to use traditional birth attendants and practices. It outlines the nature of traditional practices, in which are interwoven many Buddhist ideals and rituals, and concludes by discussing the wider problem of providing health care in developing countries, and the importance of giving due regard to traditional approaches. Filling a gap in the literature as an ethnographic account of pregnancy and childbirth in Cambodia, Cambodian Women will appeal to a wide range of development studies experts and health care providers, as well as to women's studies scholars and scholars of Southeast Asia.