Linsey Cory ACF Abstract FY10

Parteras and Choice of Birth Practitioners in a Tourism Community of Yucatán, México

Conference Name: Society for Applied Anthropology 70th Annual Meeting

Maya Yucatec women have given birth to their children with midwives for many generations. With the introduction of Western medical technology, midwifery has begun to lose prominence in many rural and semi-rural areas of the Yucatán. This paper seeks to explore the various reasons women living in a tourism community of Yucatán choose one set of birth practitioners over the other. Ethnographic research was conducted to analyze questions of safety, quality of care, personal comfort, and available social networks during birth to examine the ways in which women view their decision between birth practitioners in Yucatán, México.