Regulating migrant maternity: nursing and midwifery's emancipatory aims and assimilatory practices.

@article{Desouza2013RegulatingMM,
  title={Regulating migrant maternity: nursing and midwifery's emancipatory aims and assimilatory practices.},
  author={Ruth Desouza},
  journal={Nursing inquiry},
  year={2013},
  volume={20 4},
  pages={293-304}
}
In contemporary Western societies, birthing is framed as transformative for mothers; however, it is also a site for the regulation of women and the exercise of power relations by health professionals. Nursing scholarship often frames migrant mothers as a problem, yet nurses are imbricated within systems of scrutiny and regulation that are unevenly imposed on 'other' mothers. Discourses deployed by New Zealand Plunket nurses (who provide a universal 'well child' health service) to frame their… CONTINUE READING

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