The Maternity Center at El Paso


  • Wenda Trevathan McCallum

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    1. Currently associated with the University of Colorado from which she expects to receive a Ph.D. in Anthropology in May, 1980, based on research of maternal behavior immediately postpartum.
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  • This study was done at The Maternity Center where she was also a student. She has taught anthropology at the Universities of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Texas at El Paso, and Colorado at Boulder.

Address requests for information to Wenda McCallum at the Dept. of Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309.


ABSTRACT: The Maternity Center at El Paso, Texas, opened its doors in August, 1976, with three clients. By December, 1978, 560 women had begun labor under the care of midwives associated with the center. Five hundred and eighteen gave birth at home or in the center and the remainder delivered in an El Paso or Juarez hospital. A description of the services of The Maternity Center is provided, as well as pregnancy outcome statistics from the first 29 months of operation.