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Critical Medical Anthropology in Midwifery Research: A Framework for Ethnographic Analysis

Newnham, Elizabeth C.; Pincombe, Jan I.; McKellar, Lois V.


Elizabeth C. Newnham

Jan I. Pincombe


In this article, we discuss the use of critical medical anthropology (CMA) as a theoretical framework for research in the maternity care setting. With reference to the doctoral research of the first author, we argue for the relevance of using CMA for research into the maternity care setting, particularly as it relates to midwifery. We then give an overview of an existing analytic model within CMA that we adapted for looking specifically at childbirth practices and which was then used in both analyzing the data and structuring the thesis. There is often no clear guide to the analysis or writing up of data in ethnographic research; we therefore offer this Critical analytic model of childbirth practices for other researchers conducting ethnographic research into childbirth or maternity care.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 27, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 24, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 28, 2023
Journal Global Qualitative Nursing Research
Print ISSN 2333-3936
Electronic ISSN 2333-3936
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Keywords anthropology, medical, childbirth, ethnography, midwifery, methodology, research design, qualitative analysis
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