RR 7 - 22 March 2007 3. While Western obstetrical care has...

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22 March 2007 3. While Western obstetrical care has largely replaced traditional midwifery for Alaskan native communities, the cultural value of the midwife has not disappeared. What has been the socio-cultural role of the midwife among Alutiiq people, and how would you describe the significance of native midwifery at present? Midwifery in the Alutiiq community never disappeared from their culture; rather, for a period of time, it was disguised by the advancements of the colonization movement of the Russians. Since the incorporation of the two cultures, the indigenous midwifery coexisted with the Western medicine (46). However, over time, the traditional midwifery has slowly been transformed more into a socio-cultural than a whole way of life (61). With the induction of the CHA, the traditional midwives were trained in Western medicine and were only able to practice some of their traditional medical ideas (61). In effect, midwives symbolize hope and legitimacy for the transformed healing system. With this drastic change, people of the villages still regard
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course ANTH 147 taught by Professor Rivkin-fish during the Spring '09 term at UNC.

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