Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Sheila C. Hunt, Anthea Symonds
    Pages 1-17
  3. Sheila C. Hunt, Anthea Symonds
    Pages 18-37
  4. Sheila C. Hunt, Anthea Symonds
    Pages 38-54
  5. Sheila C. Hunt, Anthea Symonds
    Pages 55-74
  6. Sheila C. Hunt, Anthea Symonds
    Pages 75-95
  7. Sheila C. Hunt, Anthea Symonds
    Pages 96-112
  8. Sheila C. Hunt, Anthea Symonds
    Pages 113-137
  9. Sheila C. Hunt, Anthea Symonds
    Pages 138-154
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 155-171

About this book


Many books exist illustrating the power structure of the medical professional, which is male gendered, and its significance for women within this. No study has so far tackled the relationship between women as child birth professionals and women as mothers. The attitude of the midwife towards the labour ward is examined. How the mother is marginalised by the managerial role taken on by the midwife towards the production process (childbirth) and the object of production (child) is the main focus of this book. The stream of feminist orientation, which is said to run through a section of the midwifery profession, is examined.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Nursing and MidwiferyUniversity of WalesSwanseaUK
  2. 2.University of WalesSwanseaUK

About the authors

SHEILA C. HUNT is Head of Midwifery Education in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Swansea.

ANTHEA SYMONDS is Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Wales, Swansea.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Social Meaning of Midwifery
  • Authors Sheila Hunt
    Anthea Symonds
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1995
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-60877-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-13411-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 192
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Nursing
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