Being a midwife would appear to be more of a calling than a profession; indeed, midwives have been attending expectant mothers, women giving birth and those who have recently given birth since time immemorial. Nowadays, though, the importance of the midwife is in decline, and it is increasingly the case that midwives are involved in the preparations for birth and the subsequent postnatal care, yet it would appear that their ministrations at an actual birth have now become anything but a matter of course. In her research, Prof. Dr. Marita Metz-Becker, an ethnologist at Philipps-Universität Marburg, examines the background to this development and investigates the history of birth cultures and midwives.
Prof. Dr. Marita Metz-Becker
Gisela Graichen und Peter Prestel