In this book, a team of international contributors examine bodies, leakage and boundaries, illuminating the contradictions and dilemmas in women's healthcare. Using the concept of pollution, this book highlights how women and health issues are categorised, and health workers and women are confined to roles and places defined as socially appropriate. The book explores in-depth current and historical practices, such as: childbirth and midwifery practice; policies and social practices around breastfeeding; gynaecological nursing, female incontinence and sexually transmitted infections; and, miscarriages and termination of pregnancy. Addressing things out of place, from the idea of 'dirty work' to feeling 'dirty', from diagnoses that disrupt our self-image to beliefs and practices which undermine health service provision, this book uses the contradictions in our thinking around pollution and power to stimulate thinking around women's health.
SECTION 1: MOTHERS, MIDWIVES AND DIRT - PAST AND PRESENT Chapter 1: Birth dirt - Helen Callaghan, Clinical Nurse/Midwife, Nambour General Hospital, Australia Chapter 2: A clean front passage: dirt, douches and disinfectants at St Helens Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand, 1907-1922 - Pamela J. Wood, Associate Professor, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Maralyn Foureur, Clinical Professor of Midwifery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Chapter 3: The thanksgiving of women after childbirth: a blessing in disguise? - Rachel C. Newell, former Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Dundee Chapter 4: Pollution: midwives defiling South Asian women - Kuldip Bharj, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Leeds, UK Chapter 5: Drained and dumped on: the generation and accumulation of emotional toxic waste in community midwifery - Ruth Deery, Reader in Midwifery, University of Huddersfield and Mavis Kirkham, Professor of Midwifery, University of Sheffield SECTION 2: BREASTFEEDING AS POLLUTION Chapter 6: Resisting the gaze: the subversive nature of breastfeeding - Fiona Dykes, Reader in Maternal and Infant Health, University of Central Lancashire Chapter 7: Not in public please: breastfeeding as dirty work in the UK- Susan Battersby, independent midwifery researcher/lecturer Chapter 8: 'Milk for Africa' and 'the neighbourhood' but socially isolated - Cheryl Benn, Associate Professor, Massey University, New Zealand and Suzanne Phibbs, Lecturer, Massey University, New Zealand Chapter 9: Breastfeeding - a time for caution for Gujarati families- Alison Spiro, Health Visitor, Harrow PCT, UK Chapter 10: The pollution of objective scientific practice by anecdotal stories of personal, vicarious or cultural experience: the denial of embodied knowledge OR The pollution of practice by tales from outside: evidence for the denial of embodied understandings of feeding babies in the initial and ongoing learning of health professionals - Mary Smale, Breastfeeding Counsellor and Tutor, National Childbirth Trust SECTION 3: THE DAIS Chapter 11: Understanding 'narak': rethinking pollution: an interpretation of data from dais in north India - Janet Chawla, Director, MATRIKA, India Chapter 12: Listening to dais speak about the work in Gujarat, India - Subadhra Rai, Associate Professor, Laurentian University, Canada Chapter 13: Shame, honour and pollution for Pakistani women - Margaret Chesney, Director of Midwifery Education, University of Salford SECTION 4: LEAKAGE AND LABELLING Chapter 14: Gynaecology nursing: dirty work, women's work - Sharon C. Bolton, Director, MA Human Resource and Knowledge Management Programme, Lancaster University, UK Chapter 15: Containing the 'leaky' body: female urinary incontinence and formal health care - Joanne Jordan, Lecturer, Queen's University, Belfast Chapter 16: Older women and early miscarriage: leaky bodies and boundaries - Julia Frost, Research Fellow, University of Plymouth, UK Chapter 17: Sexually transmitted infections and dirt - Hilary Piercy, Lecturer in Nursing, University of Sheffield Chapter 18: Genetic traits as pollution: 'White English' carriers of sickle cell or thalassaemia - Simon Dyson, Reader, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK Chapter 19: Women out of place - Mavis Kirkham, Professor of Midwifery, University of Sheffield