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Towards an 'optics of power': technologies of surveillance and discipline and case-loading midwifery practice in New Zealand

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posted on 2023-05-17, 20:16 authored by Davis, D, Walker, KN
Midwives in New Zealand achieved professional autonomy in 1990 with an amendment to the Nurses Act 1977. Predicated on a natural approach to childbirth it was envisaged that midwifery would counter the trend of increasing medicalisation of childbirth. Some 20 years later, we continue to be concerned by increasing rates of intervention in childbirth including caesarean section operations. Midwifery practice is no longer supervised in a hierarchical arrangement with the obstetrician at its peak, however, we suggest that new and more subtle disciplinary mechanisms have come to the fore post-1990. Drawing on Foucault's concepts of the 'medical gaze' and the 'panopticon' we describe the ways in which midwifery practice (and through them the bodies of childbearing women) continues to be disciplined to conform to obstetric norms. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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Publication title

Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography

Volume

20

Issue

5

Pagination

597-612

ISSN

0966-369X

Department/School

School of Nursing

Publisher

Routledge

Place of publication

UK

Rights statement

Copyright 2012 Taylor and Francis

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Women's and maternal health

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