Obrillant Damus (2021) : Anthropologie de l’accouchement à domicile : les mères, les matrones et les sages-hommes traditionnels d’Haïti prennent la parole, Pointe-à-Pitre, Presses universitaires des Antilles, Collection Espace, territoires et sociétés, 154 pages (ISBN : 9791095177173)

Obrillant Damus (2021) : Anthropologie de l’accouchement à domicile : les mères, les matrones et les sages-hommes traditionnels d’Haïti prennent la parole, Pointe-à-Pitre, Presses universitaires des Antilles, Collection Espace, territoires et sociétés, 154 pages (ISBN : 9791095177173)

Abstract

Abstract : “Translating the subtitle of Obrillant Damus’ book Anthropology of Homebirth into English is difficult. It refers to various actors in the field of birth, one of which, “matrones”, is polysemic and already a translation from terms in Haitian Creole. Its closest equivalent would be “traditional birth attendant,” a term broadly used in anthropological research because it marks a difference with midwives trained in the Western biomedical tradition. In this book, Damus, a Haitian scholar with expertise on a range of topics pertaining to health, education, and gender, brings to the forefront the voices of mothers and traditional birth attendants, women (fanm chay) and men (fanm chay gason) working in the field of birth in contemporary Haiti. Damus provides enough contextualization to make the book accessible to readers unfamiliar with Caribbean cultures. Through the accounts of his informants and his comments, Damus contributes to documenting the changes in discourses and practices about birth in the recent history of his country. He outlines the challenges facing women in Haiti and demonstrates how traditional birth practices in fact contribute to the health and well-being of mothers, babies, and their communities, rather than damage them. […]”

Publication Date: 2023

Subject

Anthropologie

Accouchement à domicile

Author: Pasche Guignard, Florence

ISSN: 2817-4070

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