I engaged with mothers and birthing care providers to understand cultural practices, customs, and beliefs surrounding the perinatal period. By learning from midwives, traditional birth attendants, obstetricians, community health workers, NGOs, government officials, elders, pregnant women, mothers, and their partners, I began to understand the roles that culture, spirituality, and family play in maternity care practices. While I analyzed systemic healthcare barriers and institutions, I chose to center indigenous knowledge of ritual, plant medicine, and tradition.
Sewanee: University of the South
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