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Formulas for Motherhood in a Chinese HospitalSuzanne Gottschang 2018
Formulas for Motherhood follows a group of women over eighteen months as they visited a Beijing Baby- Friendly Hospital over the course of their pregnancies and throughout their postpartum recoveries. The book shows how the space of the hospital operates as a microcosm of the larger social, political, and economic forces that urban Chinese women navigate in the process of becoming a mother. Relations between biomedical practices, heightened expectations of femininity and sexuality demanded by a consumer culture, alongside international and national agendas to promote maternal and child health, reveal new agents of maternal governance emerging at the very moment China's economy heats up. This ethnography provides insight into how women's creative pragmatism in a rapidly changing society leads to their views and decisions about motherhood.