Investigating Obstetric Violence: The Role of Social Inequality in Cesareans

This project addresses unnecessary cesareans as an expression of obstetric violence, both of which have marked effects on women’s reproductive health and health outcomes. Through ethnographic research, interviews, observations, and methods in cognitive anthropology the project explores how physicians take decisions and how they use non-medical factors in deciding to perform a cesarean.

Research Focus

  • Maternal/Child and Community Health

    At the EIGH, our researchers explore multifaceted health issues pertaining to women, pregnancy, breastfeeding, reproduction, and infant and child well-being. Our focus to decrease maternal and infant mortality rates supports a global priority among health practitioners and researchers. Additionally, community-based research on the local and global levels promotes a team effort to protect and improve the health of population groups worldwide. 

Who’s Involved

EIGH Faculty

Global Partners

  • California State University - Channel Islands
  • Compañeros en Salud, Chiapas, Mexico
  • Universidad Anáhuac, Puebla, Mexico
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison

University of Notre Dame Partnerships

  • College of Engineering