A Brief Note On Open Oneself Is A Poor Woman 's Trouble : Embodied Inequality And Childbirth

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The majority of the women in this world will give birth to a child a least once in their life. We expect that whatever hospital or provider we go to will treat us with the best care they can no matter what the circumstance. This is not true for all parts of the world though. The article “To Open Oneself Is a Poor Woman’s Trouble: Embodied Inequality and Childbirth in South–Central Tanzania” indicated different stories of the process of childbirth for several women in South-Central Tanzania. Spangler performed this research to determine the difference in childbirth health care providers and the cost element of childbirth. The research Spangler did involved several different woman: Asha, Sakina, Zamda, and Tausi. Spangler used participant…show more content…
In the article we are told of a woman named Sakina. She and her husband biked their way to the health center when she was about to be in labor. The problem was that they had forgotten their vifaa. The vifaa is supplies the woman has to bring with her in order for the center to help her give birth. The vifaa includes a basin, a razor, gloves, soap, some cotton wool, a needle, a syringe, and a plastic sheet (Spangler, 2011). Since they had forgotten the vifaa her husband biked back home when he returned with all of the stuff Sakina had already given birth. In addition to all the trouble the husband had went through they still had to pay to hospital for the razor they used to cut the umbilical cord. Although this health care is free the parents still have to provide all of the necessary items for childbirth. The government thinks they are helping out these families in reality it is more trouble and expensive this way. Zamda was pregnant for the tenth time she was forty-two years and was nervous about this pregnancy. Her family was already in debt from her last pregnancy and her husband was trying to pay back the money the owed by working extra. The time of her last child and this one were what set them back. Zamda was pregnant during the growing season, which met she had to work up until she gave birth and then would have to stop (Spangler, 2011). This bad time would make things difficult for the family again and she
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