Childbirth, Maternity, and Medical Pluralism in French Colonial Vietnam, 1880-1945

Childbirth, Maternity, and Medical Pluralism in French Colonial Vietnam, 1880-1945

Thuy Linh Nguyen

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University of Rochester Press

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Explores the complex interactions between French medicine and Vietnamese childbirth traditions, documenting the emergence of a plural system of maternity services that incorporated both biomedical knowledge and local birthing traditions.
This book explores the interactions between French medicine and Vietnamese childbirth traditions, examining how these interactions shaped maternal and infant health care in Vietnam. Armed with the language and expertise of modern medicine, French physicians and administrators set out on a mission to relocate Vietnamese childbirth to a clinical setting. But as the French ventured into indigenous communities, they found themselves negotiating with a myriad of Vietnamese cultural practices relating to childbirth and infant care.
Thwarted by local resistance, cultural misunderstanding, and ambiguous policy, the Western model of hospital birth neither displaced nor transformed indigenous birthing traditions in the ways the French had envisioned. Instead, as author Thuy Linh Nguyen demonstrates, the emergence of a plural system of maternity services, many of which were based on local practices and beliefs, served as a testimony to the compromises and adaptations made by both the French and Vietnamese populations.

Thuy Linh Nguyen is assistant professor of history at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.

Details

November 2016
18 black and white, 22 line illustrations
254 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in Medical History
ISBN: 9781580465687
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BIC HBJF, 1FMV, 2AB, 3JH
BISAC HIS048000, MED039000, SOC028000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
The First Encounters
Maternity Hospitals
Colonial Midwives
The Bà mu and Childbirth Pluralism
Scientific Motherhood and the Teaching of Maternity
The Depression Era and the Discovery of the Child
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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