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Should We Call the Midwife? How Culture Shapes Childbirth

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Event Description

Is childbirth purely physiological, or does our society shape women’s experiences of pregnancy, labor, and delivery? To consider the different ways birth is shaped by society, sociologist Natalie Jolly spent two years as a midwife among Pennsylvania’s Amish communities. In this revealing talk, she compares how Amish homebirth differs from contemporary American birth practices, and in the process reveals how our culture shapes both our mind and body. Using childbirth as a starting point, she explores how society both produces and constrains the seemingly personal choices that we make, and how it shapes even the very physical experiences that we have. The talk also touches on themes of gender norms and social change.

  • When
  • October 12, 2017
    7:00 pm
  • Where
  • Shoreline Library
    345 NE 175th St Shoreline, WA 98155 United States
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Speakers Bureau talks are free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, and everything in between. Humanities Washington’s roster of presenters are professors, artists, activists, historians, performers, journalists, and others—all chosen not only for their expertise, but their ability to inspire discussion with people of all ages and backgrounds. All talks are free and open to the public, and each lasts about an hour. They are hosted through a wide range of organizations throughout Washington State.

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