Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Living incubators: Arguing for pregnant women's autonomy and bodily integrity in an age of ever-increasing reproductive technology
by DeMaeyer, Melanie Jo, M.A., The University of Alabama, 2010, 112; 1477752
Abstract (Summary)

In this thesis I evaluate the medicalization of birthing bodies through the use of reproductive technologies. This thesis argues that the best solution for ensuring the bodily integrity and autonomy of pregnant and birthing people is through midwife-assisted births. Midwifery provides a compelling opportunity to subvert and challenge the medical-industrial complex and its invasive reproductive technologies, which extend beyond the hospital to promote socio-political and cultural ideologies surrounding the bodies of pregnant women and other pregnant subjects. I argue that elements of a do-it-yourself (DIY) feminist consciousness present in the practice of midwifery makes midwives uniquely positioned to encourage and sustain ethical embodied communities. Within these communities pregnant and birthing people are provided opportunities for autonomy, and, thus, midwives and the choice to employ them play a vital role in the establishment of reproductive justice for all.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Purvis, Jennifer
Commitee: Erevelles, Nirmala, Oths, Kathryn
School: The University of Alabama
Department: Women's Studies
School Location: United States -- Alabama
Source: MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies
Keywords: DIY, Medical industrial complex, Midwives, Reproductive justice, Reproductive technology
Publication Number: 1477752
ISBN: 978-1-124-06155-9
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