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Anthropology and Public HealthBridging Differences in Culture and Society$
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Robert A Hahn and Marcia Inborn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374643.001.0001

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Making Pregnancy Safer for Women around the World: The Example of Safe Motherhood and Maternal Death in Guatemala

Making Pregnancy Safer for Women around the World: The Example of Safe Motherhood and Maternal Death in Guatemala

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(p.422) 15 Making Pregnancy Safer for Women around the World: The Example of Safe Motherhood and Maternal Death in Guatemala
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Anthropology and Public Health
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Nicole S. Berry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374643.003.0016

Maternal mortality has become one of the most important topics in global health, as evidenced by its inclusion in the eight Millennium Development Goals designated by the United Nations. This chapter uses examples from ethnographic fieldwork with Kaqchikel Maya in Sololá, Guatemala, to explore reasons why lowering maternal mortality has been so challenging. It explores how understandings of pregnancy-related problems in areas where maternal mortality is high can be antithetical to those assumed by global health policies. In doing so, it provides an important example of how to reframe understandings of why women die, which, hopefully, can lead to new ways of addressing the problem.

Keywords:   safe motherhood, making pregnancy safer, maternal mortality, emergency obstetric care, Guatemala

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