This research explores Thailand's birthing transition (1945-2006), analysing socio-political contexts, identifying key determinants, describing change processes, outcomes and impact, including women's experiences. Maternal mortality decreased substantially from the mid-1900s, when lay-midwife-attended homebirth was usual. Nevertheless, following widespread hospitalisation, a caesarean "epidemic" transpired and birthing became dehumanised. What influenced this transition? Is birth 'safer'? To...[Show more]
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