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Maternal Healthcare and Doulas in China: A Feminist Health Communication Approach to Understanding Doulas in China
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Maternal Healthcare and Doulas in China: A Feminist Health Communication Approach to Understanding Doulas in China (Paperback)

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This brief explores the resurgence of the role of doulas in the child birthing process in Chinese clinical settings, as a lens to understand comparative pre- and post-natal care worldwide. The demand for doulas in China is increasing, and the rise in the use of doulas is thought to be due to increasing dissatisfaction with current institutional maternity health care. Attention is focused on Chinese women's relationships with their bodies and on women's experiences of choice, agency, and access to health and reproductive services as well as maternal health care information and support. Chapters present an overview of the current experience of pre- and post- natal care in China. In addition, chapters explore interview data on how Chinese doulas construct multiple identities, in terms of serving as lactation consultants, child care providers, and child care educators for women during pregnancy and childbirth.

Maternal Healthcare and Doulas in China will be of interest to researchers in public health and health policy, particularly with an interest in maternal health or Asian studies, as well as, health practitioners, and clinicians who are interested in issues related to women, maternity, health care, childbirth, and feminist research in China.

Medical & VeterinaryBrances of medicineGynaecology & obstetricsMaterno-fetal medicineMedical & VeterinaryComplementary medicineMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHealth systems & services Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG Publication Date: 27/12/2020 ISBN-13: 9783030469627  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Zehui Dai (Ph.D., Bowling Green State University) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Radford University. Dr. Dai studies interpersonal and health communication and teaches with the passion for education, diversity, public service, and social change. Her work has appeared in refereed journals such as the Journal of Perinatal Education, Health Communication, and American Behavioral Scientist

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