Time and parting: substances of childbirth humanization

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Machado, S. de A. P. (2010). Time and parting: substances of childbirth humanization. Tempus – Actas De Saúde Coletiva, 4(4), pag.67-77. https://doi.org/10.18569/tempus.v4i4.835


Childbirth is a very powerful and intense experience for the whole family and implies changes in the way each one sees oneself and the other, as well as each recalls the experience. For the author, to humanize childbirth is to know it as part of a history. Here, we understand history as a process of integration and articulation of experiences (personal, of the couple, of the family and cultural) in order to build an identity of becoming a father and a mother, and to erect a personal sense of maternity and paternity. There is no history without time. In this sense, to humanize childbirth means to include time. To include it is also to recognize the human limit, its condition: to be human is to be limited, finite in time and mortal. It is upon these two pillars, time and death (parting), that this text seeks to fundament childbirth humanization