Aside from birth control medication tubectomies commonly known as getting your

Aside from birth control medication tubectomies

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Aside from birth control medication, tubectomies (commonly known as ‘getting your tubes tied’) is another practiced method of birth control in Bom Jesus. While it is still condemned by the Catholic Church, it is a popular procedure in Brazil as it is a permanent from of birth control. The reason however tubectomies are not common among the poor women who need it the most is that hospitals typically wait for poor women to have several children first become they will treat the woman with the procedure (pg. 377). On the contrary, the middle and upper- class women in Brazil can receive tubectomies before they have too many children because they can simply pay their way to the front of the line. Religion is one reason for poor women having too many children but socioeconomic differences also contribute to the issue. Describe the “maternal philosophy” of the women of Bom Jesus, and the reasons this philosophy has developed. Pay specific attention to the issue of infant death and mothers’ complicity in it, and don’t forget infant feeding. The maternal philosophy of women of Bom Jesus seems at first glance to be morally bad and you could even go as far as to say sadistic at times. Due to the high infant mortality rate, infants are viewed as no more than “guests” until they are old enough for mothers to believe they will not die as an infant. Furthermore, infants are often described and almost categorized into different groups like “keepers” and “thrivers” while infants who appeared to already be near death were viewed as “doomed” infants (pg. 342). Infants who were healthier were treated with care, while infants who already seemed close to death were often neglected until they passed away. Lordes child Zezinho was curled up in the fetal positions on a urine-soaked piece of cardboard before Nancy took the child to her creche (pg. 343).
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