The Medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth in contemporary Turkey: The effect of risk discourses for Turkish women's experiences

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Sadıkoğlu Z. Z.

in: Childbearing and The Changing Nature of Parenting: The Context, Actors and Experiences of Having Children, Rosalina Pisco Costa,Sampson Lee Blair, Editor, Emerald Ink Publishing, London, pp.121-143, 2019

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publisher: Emerald Ink Publishing
  • City: London
  • Page Numbers: pp.121-143
  • Editors: Rosalina Pisco Costa,Sampson Lee Blair, Editor


Turkish mothers' interactions with medical authorities during pregnancy and childbirth have developed in a context of risk discourses produced by biomedi-cal experts with surveillance justified by these discourses. Giving meaning to pregnancy and childbirth through the search for the reduction of risks is a reflexive part of Turkish mothers' everyday life. This research paper aims to discuss a study examining how pregnancy and childbirth are socially constructed, how increased medicalization is experienced by Turkish mothers, and how they assign meaning to pregnancy and childbirth. A phenomenological research was designed using depth interviews with 10 Turkish mothers with children aged 0-6 years, living in Istanbul who had high education and welfare levels. The findings shed light on Turkish mothers' subjective experiences and how medicine as a profession shapes these experiences.