versión impresa ISSN 0254-9212
FLEISCHER, Soraya. Pasando por comadrona, midwife y médico: el itinerario terapéutico de una embarazada en Guatemala. Anthropologica [online]. 2006, vol.24, n.24, pp. 51-75. ISSN 0254-9212.
In this article, I discuss, according to the theoretical-analytical framework of Menendez (1994), how women and their midwives follow a plural therapeutical itinerary during pregnancy and labor in the region of Antigua, Guatemala. I look foward to present and analyze an example of a delivery that happened during my research, first, as a paradigmatic example of dialogue, not always friendly and pacific, among various local medical systems: a Mayan comadrona (the local midwife), a ladino doctor and a foreign nurse-midwife. Second, this delivery illustrates an encounter that brings together ethnic, class and gender relations influenced by power and conflict that has structured the material and symbolic construction of this «young» country.
Palabras llave : birth; Guatemala; midwife.