During research on women’s experiences of child-bearing in rural Bijnor District, in North India, the people asked women to recount all their pregnancies, asking specifically about ‘delayed periods’, ‘falling babies’, and ‘babies bom dead’ or described as dying after just a couple of breaths. In particular, the situation of the child-bearing woman in her in-laws’ home impacts on her daily life, including her experiences of pregnancy and pregnancy loss. This distinction between a ‘delayed period’ and the ‘falling of a baby’ is crucial for assessing the frequency of pregnancy loss. If such a conception ends in pregnancy loss during the first trimester or so, the woman may not even be aware that she was ever pregnant. Basically, then, an understanding of the meanings of pregnancy loss in rural north India cannot rest simply on descriptive account of ethnomedical theories of the physiological processes associated with pregnancy. The developing fetus grows and takes its strength from the mother’s retained menstrual blood.
|Title of host publication||Anthropology of Pregnancy Loss|
|Subtitle of host publication||Comparative Studies in Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Neo-natal Death|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||21|
|ISBN (Print)||9781859731208, 9781859731253|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Aug 2020|