The Anchors of Pregnancy Experience: A Historical Survey of Hospitality in Childbirth and Pregnancy

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2023-05-02

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Leibovsky, Samuel

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This thesis suggests that dimensions of hospitality are recurring modalities within the historical development of prenatal care. This thesis surveys three historical case studies of “birth-centric” hospitality in the traditional (1000-1500 C.E.), modern (1700- 1940 C.E), and postmodern (1940-Present) models of obstetrical care. By comparing traditional prenatal practices of the medieval Mediterranean, early modern Russia, and the postmodern obstetrical methodology of Dr. Fernand Lamaze, this thesis considers the multigenerational challenge of providing hospitality to mothers through the combination of maximal medical safety and empowered childbirth experiences. This thesis will conclude by highlighting correlations between traditional anchors of pregnancy experience and their direct influence on hospitality in modern obstetrical healthcare.

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History, History of Medicine, Pregnancy, Women's History, Hospitality

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