BIRTH DIRT RELATIONS
by Helen M. Callaghan
Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy
Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health University of Technology, Sydney 2002
I certify that the work in this thesis has not previously been submitted for a degree, nor has it been submitted as part of requirements for a degree except as fully acknowledged within the text.
I also certify that the thesis has been written by me. Any help that I have received in my research work and in the preparation of the thesis itself has been acknowledged. In addition, I certify that all information sources and literature used are indicated in the thesis.
Signature of Candidate
Doing a doctoral study as a part time student is a long and difficult task which often seemed to be never ending. I am indebted to many people who have provided support,
encouragement and assistance during this period.
The study itself would never have been possible without the wonderful birthing women and their families who honoured me by sharing such an important and private family occasion. Every time I watch the video tapes, I am reminded of the strengths and courage of these women. This study would also have been impossible without the participation of the midwifery, nursing and medical staff. They were prepared to do something that many of their colleagues distrusted: allowing their practices to be, not just observed, but to be recorded in a permanent format. I will always respect and honour them for this required courage and a strong belief in themselves.
I am indebted to Professor William Walters, Professor Max Brinsmead, and Mrs Anne Saxton. All three were unstinting in their promotion of the study, especially when it was under threat of termination. My thanks must go in particular to Mrs Anne Saxton who has provided friendship and encouragement throughout the creation of this...