Maternal Death and Pregnancy-Related Morbidity Among Indigenous Women of Mexico and Central America

An Anthropological, Epidemiological, and Biomedical Approach

  • David A. Schwartz

Part of the Global Maternal and Child Health book series (GMCH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Reproductive and Maternal Health Among Indigenous Women of Mexico & Central America

  3. Mexico

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Elsa María Rodríguez Angulo, María Guadalupe Andueza-Pech, Yolanda Oliva Peña
      Pages 249-270
    3. Elsa María Rodríguez-Angulo, Jolly Josefina Hoil-Santos, Ricardo Ojeda-Rodríguez
      Pages 301-312
    4. Cristina Alonso, Alison Danch, Jenna Murray de López, Janell Tryon
      Pages 369-384
    5. María Graciela Freyermuth Enciso, Hilda E. Argüello Avendaño
      Pages 385-400
  4. Honduras

  5. Belize

  6. Guatemala

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 463-463
  7. Costa Rica

  8. Panama

  9. Nicaragua

  10. Aids for Epidemiological, Anthropological, and Biomedical Studies of Reproductive and Maternal Health Among Indigenous Women of Mexico and Central America

About this book


This ambitious sourcebook surveys both the traditional basis for and the present  state of indigenous women’s reproductive health in Mexico and Central America. Noted practitioners, specialists, and researchers take an interdisciplinary approach to analyze  the multiple barriers for access and care to indigenous women that had been complicated by longstanding gender inequities, poverty, stigmatization, lack of education, war, obstetrical violence, and differences in language and customs, all of which contribute to unnecessary maternal morbidity and mortality. Emphasis is placed on indigenous cultures and folkways—from traditional midwives and birth attendants to indigenous botanical medication and traditional healing and spiritual practices—and how they may effectively coexist with modern biomedical care. Throughout these chapters, the main theme is clear: the rights of indigenous women to culturally respective reproductive health care and a successful pregnancy leading to the birth of healthy children.

A sampling of the topics:

  •          Motherhood and modernization in a Yucatec village
  •          Maternal morbidity and mortality in Honduran Miskito communities
  •          Solitary birth and maternal mortality among the Rarámuri of Northern Mexico
  •          Maternal morbidity and mortality in the rural Trifino region of Guatemala
  • The traditional Ngäbe-Buglé midwives of Panama
  • Characterizations of maternal death among Mayan women in Yucatan, Mexico
  • Unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and unmet need in Guatemala
Maternal Death and Pregnancy-Related Morbidity Among Indigenous Women of Mexico and Central America is designed for anthropologists and other social scientists, physicians, nurses and midwives, public health specialists, epidemiologists, global health workers, international aid organizations and NGOs, governmental agencies, administrators, policy-makers, and others involved in the planning and implementation of maternal and reproductive health care of indigenous women in Mexico and Central America, and possibly other geographical areas. 


maternal morbidity and mortality indigenous women's health reproductive health maternal health pregnancy complications traditional birth attendants skilled birth attendants epidemiology unsafe abortion HIV/AIDS obstetrical violence teenage pregnancy anthropology global health family planning Mexico Central America midwifery and midwives native women biomedicine

Editors and affiliations

  • David A. Schwartz
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical College of GeorgiaAugusta UniversityAugustaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71537-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71538-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-8382
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-8390
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