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Preserving misconceptions or a call for action? - A hermeneutic re-reading of the Nativity story
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Internationell barnhälsa och nutrition/Persson)
2015 (English)In: Global Health Action, ISSN 1654-9716, E-ISSN 1654-9880, Vol. 8, 1-4 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Behaviour is guided by perceptions and traditions. As such, understanding culture and religion is important in order to understand healthcare behaviour. Religious perceptions shape a person's understanding of the world and are maintained through texts and tradition. One such important religious text in relation to sexual and reproductive health is the Nativity story. This account of the conception and birth of Jesus is well known in the Christian cultural sphere and beyond, and it has for generations shaped perceptions of childbirth.

METHODS: This paper attempts a re-reading of the Nativity story using a hermeneutic approach.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: This reveals a dual understanding of the Nativity, not just as an account of immaculate transcendence and a rosy Christmas tale, but as a source of identification for pregnant women and mothers and a call to action for improved maternal and child healthcare.

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2015. Vol. 8, 1-4 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-270724DOI: 10.3402/gha.v8.30386ISI: 000367105100001PubMedID: 26707126OAI: diva2:890419
Available from: 2016-01-03 Created: 2016-01-03 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

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