Childbirth Across Cultures: Research and Practice

Authors

  • Beverley Chalmers DSc (Med), PhD

    Adjunct Full Professor, Affiliate Investigator, Corresponding author
    1. Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ontario, Canada
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Address correspondence to Beverley Chalmers, DSc (Med), PhD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa, PO Box 21091, RPO Princess, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 5P5 Canada.

Abstract

Countries and cultures differ in their approach to childbirth, as well as in their research practices. This paper examines 10 surveys of women's reports of their labor and birth in seven countries spanning North America and Western Europe and Eastern Europe. Similarities and differences in practice are highlighted, and the methodological difficulties of conducting research in cross-cultural settings are examined. This paper discusses innovative and culturally unique perinatal practices that are not revealed by such surveys and stresses the importance of sharing such ideas globally. (BIRTH 39:4 December 2012)

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