‘Nobody in a Maternity Hospital Really Talks to You’: Socialist Legacies and Consumerism in Czech Women’s Childbirth Narratives

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Title:‘Nobody in a Maternity Hospital Really Talks to You’: Socialist Legacies and Consumerism in Czech Women’s Childbirth Narratives
Creators:
Hrešanová, Ema; ehresano at kss dot zcu dot cz
Journal or Publication Title:
Czech Sociological Review, 50, 6, pp. 961-986
Uncontrolled Keywords:birth care, neo-liberalism, post-socialist, paternalism, Czech Republic

Abstract

This article aims to show how eight women, most of them with higher education, experienced, perceived, and understood birth care in the context of the post-socialist transformation in the Czech Republic. It is based on narrative interviews and a thematic analysis of them. From a description of women’s birth-care experiences the author finds that women are most critical of the behaviour of health-care workers and the lack of communication provided by the system. Discussing the narrators’ birth-care requirements she notes the strategies women use to attain the form of care they wished. Finally, the author observes that the women she interviewed exhibit diverse understandings of birth care, on which basis the author identifies five distinct notions of birth care that differ in three key aspects: (1) women’s attitudes to medical interventions; (2) their awareness of birth care; (3) their subjectivity and position in relation to birth-care providers. These ranged from complete acceptance of the way in which birth care is provided, to notions that are critical but accepting of medicalised care, to a rejection of the medical model of birth care and the assumption of ‘a responsible consumer’ subjectivity. The article in particular looks at women’s disillusionment with birth care and interprets it in relation to clashing ideas about the relationship between birthcare provider and user associated on one hand with the socialist past and on the other with neo-liberal discourses on health.

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Title:‘Nobody in a Maternity Hospital Really Talks to You’: Socialist Legacies and Consumerism in Czech Women’s Childbirth Narratives
Creators:
Hrešanová, Ema; ehresano at kss dot zcu dot cz
Uncontrolled Keywords:birth care, neo-liberalism, post-socialist, paternalism, Czech Republic
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 7. Section of Social and Economic Sciences > Institute of Sociology > Czech sociological review (Sociologický časopis)
Journal or Publication Title:Czech Sociological Review
Volume:50
Number:6
Page Range:pp. 961-986
ISSN:0038-0288
Publisher:Institute of Sociology AS CR
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ID Code:8375
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:16 Feb 2015 18:53
Last Modified:16 Feb 2015 17:53

Citation

Hrešanová, Ema (2014) ‘Nobody in a Maternity Hospital Really Talks to You’: Socialist Legacies and Consumerism in Czech Women’s Childbirth Narratives. Czech Sociological Review, 50 (6). pp. 961-986. ISSN 0038-0288

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