Title

Dar a Luz: Pregnancy in Mayan-Kaqchikel Community

Presenter

Meghan Ash

Abstract

My presentation focuses on pregnancy in a Mayan-Kaqchikel community in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala. I explore the experience of pregnancy from the perspective of Mayan women, specifically their understanding of pain and how that relates to health and emotional well-being, an underlying relationship intrinsic to a woman’s understanding of health. I outline how pain is understood as a symbol of the baby’s discomfort or illness, or the presence of a potential threat to the unborn child, which creates an intense sense of fear for the mother. This fear is linked to the mother’s own sense of responsibility for the child and its health during pregnancy. I argue that health during pregnancy is understood via emotions, and that pain holds a specific symbolic meaning for these Mayan women.

Faculty Sponsor

Rachel George

Sponsor Department/Programs

Gender Studies

Tracks

Women's Voices

Location

Reid G02

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Dar a Luz: Pregnancy in Mayan-Kaqchikel Community

Reid G02

My presentation focuses on pregnancy in a Mayan-Kaqchikel community in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala. I explore the experience of pregnancy from the perspective of Mayan women, specifically their understanding of pain and how that relates to health and emotional well-being, an underlying relationship intrinsic to a woman’s understanding of health. I outline how pain is understood as a symbol of the baby’s discomfort or illness, or the presence of a potential threat to the unborn child, which creates an intense sense of fear for the mother. This fear is linked to the mother’s own sense of responsibility for the child and its health during pregnancy. I argue that health during pregnancy is understood via emotions, and that pain holds a specific symbolic meaning for these Mayan women.