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Part III: Society,Technology, and Practice INTRODUCTION TO PART III

ByCecilia Benoit

Part I approached the study of birth from the macro level, discussing the role of the state and a collection of other groups involved in designing maternal health services. Part II focused the social scientific eye on the meso level, analyzing the complex nature of professional group formation and competition within maternal health systems. The third and final part of the book takes the reader to the micro level, shedding light on two central themes: (1) the views of maternity clients on their access to and utilization of maternal health services and (2) the varied ways technology shapes the work of midwives and the experiences of birthing women.