This book focuses on issues critical to the contemporary emphasis on gender sensitive health care for the poor pregnant women in Bangladesh. The core of the book explores the differing perspectives between rural women and health care providers regarding childbirth care and practices. The study attempts to understand women's perceptions of birthing care and their practices, the role of culture, socio-economic factors, and household dynamics as they influence women and their family's behaviour. The strength this work lies in its clear discussion of the various ways in which rural women tread between many different factors in attempting to make decisions that best suit them within their own limited resources. The book will be able to assist health policy makers and planners to respond more sensitively to the constraints of the health sector in rural Bangladesh.
Kaosar Afsana has been working at BRAC for more than 12 years. She graduated from Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh and carried out post-graduate studies at Harvard University, USA and Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Her PhD thesis has received several prestigious awards including the Asian Studies Association of Australia's Presidents Prize for the best thesis on an Asian topic in 2004. Afsana authored a book Discoursing Birthing Care: Experiences from Bangladesh (UPL 2000) and published articles in various journals. Her main areas of interests are reproductive health, gender, health systems and research methodology.
Sabina Faiz Rashid obtained her B.A. and Master's degrees in Anthropology from The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. She works at BRAC as a Research Anthropologist. Her areas of interest are reproductive health, adolescent health and development, and gender issues.