Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

The Rituals of Hospital Birth

September 21st, 2015
5:00 PM

Herbert Hall room HE-201G, Uptown Campus

The Rituals of Hospital Birth. This presentation analyzes obstetrical procedures—from electronic fetal monitoring to cesarean section—as rituals that convey the core values of the technocratic society to birthing women. The birth process as it is “managed” in the hospital reflects and perpetuates a cultural emphasis on the value of technology and its intervention into normal life processes such as birth. Typical hospital birth has become a rite of initiation into the belief and value system of the technocracy, whereas the alternative rituals of holistic birth enact belief and value systems radically different from the technocratic paradigm dominant in the hospital, one that offers powerful options to us all.





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La Hora del Cuento: Summer Bilingual Story Hour at the Pebbles Center

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This summer, join us for La hora del cuenta bilingual readings series at the Pebbles Centers of the New Orleans Public Libraries!

On the first and last Saturday of every month, we will read a bilingual book at the Algiers Regional Library and the Children’s Resource Center Library beginning on Saturday April 28 until Saturday, August 25. Children and parents welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, May 5
2:30 PM

Saturday, June 2
2:30 PM

Saturday, July 7
2:30 PM

Saturday, August 4
2:30 PM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, April 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, May 26
12:00 PM

Saturday, June 30
12:00 PM

Saturday, July 28
12:00 PM

Saturday, August 25
12:00 PM