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

Deborah DAVIS, Kim Walker

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-612
Number of pages16
JournalGender, Place and Culture
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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