Critical Research on Africa: Medical Legitimacy: Childbirth, Authenticity, and Pluralism in Nigeria’s Faith-Based (Aladura) Birthing Homes

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Dr. Ogechukwu Williams
Friday, April 9, 2021 - 12:00 to 13:30
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Join Dr. Williams in exploring the advent of faith-based maternity homes in Nigeria since the early 1930s, and how they adapted to socio-political and biomedical trends in their search for legitimacy. While scholars have studied the contemporary roles of post-colonial African churches in health and healing, very few have considered faith-based obstetrics. By examining the history and professionalization of faith homes, Dr. Williams highlights the growth and significance of faith-based birthing institutions as primary maternal healthcare providers in Nigeria. She also shows the importance of medical pluralism in Africa and the indigenization of post-colonial African institutions.

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Center for African Studies
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