The general theme of this year's Cross-Cultural Data Literacy project is "Global Health". On the theme of global health, I have chosen to set my scope to the topic of childbirth. The theme of childbirth all on its own is another broad topic that can be interpreted and examined in so many directions. To further narrow my research, I have chosen to set my sights on the topic of Home Births and the use of Midwives - a topic in which I have no previous knowledge. I believe focusing my efforts here will allow me to become more mindful of other women's experiences and other cultural norms.
Here in Canada, the social norm and expected place of childbirth is in a hospital alongside Nurses and Doctors. I am particularly interested in the women who stray from this social norm and chose to use a midwife and have an at-home birth. I will primarily be researching women's home-birth experiences that have given birth in the Americas, but am eagerly looking forward to learning about home-birth customs from other counties and cultures.