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For the Father of a Newborn: Soviet Obstetrics and the Mobilization of Men as Medical Allies

For the Father of a Newborn: Soviet Obstetrics and the Mobilization of Men as Medical Allies This article introduces the translated pamphlet For the Father of a Newborn by contextualizing it in Soviet medical efforts to deploy men as allies in safeguarding reproduction and bolstering procreation in the 1960s and 1970s. It examines the pamphlet as an illustration of how doctors and other health personnel tried to educate men to protect their wives’ pregnancy and the health of their wives and newborns in the postpartum period, and it considers the implications of these initiatives for women's bodies, gender norms, sexual practices, models of masculinity, and the socialist goal of promoting women's equality. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

For the Father of a Newborn: Soviet Obstetrics and the Mobilization of Men as Medical Allies

Aspasia , Volume 15 (1) – Aug 1, 2021

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Publisher
Berghahn Books
Copyright
© 2022 Berghahn Books
ISSN
1933-2882
eISSN
1933-2890
DOI
10.3167/asp.2021.150110
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Abstract

This article introduces the translated pamphlet For the Father of a Newborn by contextualizing it in Soviet medical efforts to deploy men as allies in safeguarding reproduction and bolstering procreation in the 1960s and 1970s. It examines the pamphlet as an illustration of how doctors and other health personnel tried to educate men to protect their wives’ pregnancy and the health of their wives and newborns in the postpartum period, and it considers the implications of these initiatives for women's bodies, gender norms, sexual practices, models of masculinity, and the socialist goal of promoting women's equality.

Journal

AspasiaBerghahn Books

Published: Aug 1, 2021

Keywords: childbirth; gender; masculinity/masculinities; obstetrics; reproduction; Soviet

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