Maternity as Text PG (8553.2)
|HECS Bands:||1, 4|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Health|
|Discipline:||Discipline of Midwifery|
This unit explores how representations of the pregnant woman, the labouring woman and the lactating woman intersect with representations of mothering, midwifing and doctoring across time and space. It explores such questions as how does midwifery cause women's pregnant, birthing and lactating bodies to be represented? What might those representations mean to midwives and women? What is the influence of language on women's and midwives' possibilities? How do particular representations affect women across history and into contemporary society? The lessons for midwifery practice, teaching and research from the texts of maternity will be explored in depth.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Discern understandings of the embodied constructions of maternity and midwifery across language, art, literature, song, gender, class, history, culture and time and other textual sites as appropriate to facilitate growth as an expert midwife; and
2. Critique a broad range of information to contribute and prepare responses to philosophical questions related to maternity; demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the complexities and possibilities held within the shared world of childbearing and midwifery.
4 days intensive plus online component.