The aims of ‘Wild Born’ project

The purpose of this research is to explore the socio-cultural, ecological and economic aspects that influence practices surrounding pregnancy and childbirth amongst tribal women around the world.

Questions supporting the socio-cultural aims:

  1. What are the powers of animistic belief system, taboos, rituals and wisdom of ancestors that influence and shape the birthing process from the preparation for birth through the childbirth itself to the care of the child and the mother after the birth?
  2. Exploring the wisdom and traditional knowledge of midwives, and how it is passed on through generation?
  3. Some Western perspectives that embrace the hospitalization during birth have highly influenced perceptions of what is right and wrong regarding tribal women’s child-birth practices, but are these practices as backwards and dangerous as Western society leads us to believe