Influence of the medical authority on women ś reproductive behaviour
The paper explores pregnant women´s attitudes toward physician ´s authority and describes when women perceive this kind of authority as a threat. It brings the analysis of narrative interview with 105 women from the different part of Slovakia. My aim is to answer two questions: (1) why do some women see physicians as a threat for their health and their children´s health during pregnancy and childbirth? (2) What kind of strategies do these women use to avoid danger? The analysis demonstrated that the pregnant women ś attitudes toward the physician authority are stem from their representations of the ideal physician and their knowledge about pregnancy and childbirth. The data also indicated that there is a link between women ś attitudes and their socio-economic background. The paper brings evidence of the link between womenś reproductive behaviour and women´s attitudes toward physicianś authority. To avoid physician ś approach which women perceived as dangerous they employed different strategies, such as giving birth at home or abroad. The wide-spread strategy was search for a medical doctor who would answer a womanś criteria of the ideal physician.
Slovensko-český ženský fond, Na vŕšku 10, 811 01 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
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