Van Hollen: Birth in the Age of AIDS
Van Hollen, Cecilia Coale:
Birth in the Age of AIDS : Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India / Cecilia Van Hollen. - Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2013. - xii, 274 S. : Kt.
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Birth in the Age of AIDS is a vivid and poignant portrayal of the experiences of HIV-positive women in India during pregnancy, birth, and motherhood at the beginning of the 21st century. The government of India, together with global health organizations, established an important public health initiative to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. While this program, which targets poor women attending public maternity hospitals, has improved health outcomes for infants, it has resulted in sometimes devastatingly negative consequences for poor, young mothers because these women are being tested for HIV in far greater numbers than their male spouses and are often blamed for bringing this highly stigmatized disease into the family.
Based on research conducted by the author in India, this book chronicles the experiences of women from the point of their decisions about whether to accept HIV testing, through their decisions about whether or not to continue with the birth if they test HIV-positive, their birthing experiences in hospitals, decisions and practices surrounding breast-feeding vs. bottle-feeding, and their hopes and fears for the future of their children. [Verlagsinformation]
Note on Statistics and Transliteration. ix
Prologue: Into the Well and Out Again. 1
1. Birth in the Age of AIDS. 5
2. India Responds to the Epidemic. 37
3. "The HIV Test is Like an Immunization": Scenes from Prenatal HIV Counseling. 55
4. "I don't need my Husband's Permission?": Women's Views on HIV/AIDS and Decisions about Prenatal Testing. 75
5. HIV/AIDS and the Gendering of Stigma. 95
6. To Birth or not to Birth?: Constraints and Pragmatics in HIV-Positive Women's Childbearing Decisions. 125
7. HIV-Positive Women Give Birth: Deception and Determination. 155
8. Breast or Bottle?: HIV-Positive Women's Responses to Global Health Policy on Infant Feeding. 183
9. Creating a Storm: Activists' Hopes and Mothers' Fears. 213
Epilogue: Memory Boxes. 241
Cecilia Van Hollen is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Profile page.
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