Sara Bates, Davidson College

Delivering Hope: A Comparative Study of Midwifery Programs and Practices

New Zealand, Indonesia, Chile, Ethiopia

While childbirth is often a positive and fulfilling experience, for too many women it is associated with fear, suffering, ill-health, and even death. Today, midwives remain the primary providers of health care for childbearing women around the world. Midwifery encompasses the care of women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period, as well as care of the newborn. My project aims to explore the cross-cultural factors of midwifery in order to further my knowledge of the techniques midwives use and struggles they face on a daily basis.

Anne Temmink, Davidson College

Women, Sewing, and the Globalization of Fashion

Ghana, India, Indonesia

Clothing communicates many things about the history of a culture as well as an individual’s origins and affiliations. Historically, women throughout the world have occupied roles in many facets of clothing making. My proposal will take me to study in three countries each with an identity strongly tied to its particular style of dress or textile traditions. By working alongside seamstresses and dyers, I will explore the histories and trades that surround clothing production to see the effects of Western clothing on the livelihood of female artisans.

via The Watson Fellowship: Our Fellows.