Sociological and Career Attributes of Midwives

  • Carolyn Fishel Sargent
Part of the Culture, Illness, and Healing book series (CIHE, volume 3)


Although all women are expected to have a general competence with reproductive disorders, pregnancy and delivery, certain women specialize in treatment problems associated with such conditions. Via this route, women may acquire renown and respect which are usually the province of men. In order to understand the significance of midwifery as a female professional specialization, it is necessary to consider first the implications of being a healer in Bariba society and then, specifically, the categorization, position, and functions of the midwife.


Medicine Person Delivery Assistance Spirit Possession Career Attribute Cult Member 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolyn Fishel Sargent
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologySouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA

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