Friday, December 15th 2017

Season 2 Episode 18: Until the baby can walk

Excerpt: Dr. Claudia Valeggia of Yale University joins me for a wonderful conversation about biological and cultural variation in the experience of the postpartum period.

Summary: I was so pleased to welcome Dr. Valeggia to PERIOD Podcast! Her research program takes a biocultural approach, that is, the interplay between biological and cultural variables takes a central role in her work to understand how and why women’s bodies vary the way they do. She works with indigenous populations in northern Argentina, her country of origin.

Our conversation ranged from what it’s like to work with the Qom, the indigenous population that is the focus of her work, to her early publications on the concept of “lactational amenorrhea” (which she describes very well in the episode). We also discussed some of the different ways cultures handle the postpartum period. Many non-US cultures recognize the postpartum period as a time of change and healing. Today’s title refers to one practice where men are not supposed to resume sex with their wives until the baby can walk. This is a practice that helps with birth spacing, and also recognizes the work of an early postpartum, breastfeeding mother, not to mention the ways in which her body (and likely mind) need to heal from the experience.

Dr. Valeggia in the field, with Estefania, a Qom girl.

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Friday, December 8th 2017

Season 2 Episode 17: Where the tampon goes

Excerpt: Join me in a conversation with Maysa Haque, masters student at the University of Regina, as she shares her research into the wide variability of experience Canadian Muslim women have about their periods.

Summary: Last week, Dr. Lara Freidenfelds shared her extensive research on modern American experiences of the period. One of the major conclusions of her work was that the American experience of menstruation is strongly shaped by historical context and a move towards scientific explanations of the body. This meant there was, in some ways, a lot less variation than you might expect between women of the same age in terms of their lived experiences.

Interestingly enough, I was recently contacted by Maysa Haque, a Canadian graduate student at the University of Regina’s Department of Religious Studies. She recently completed a Bachelors of Arts & Science at McMaster University, where she studied young Canadian Muslim women’s perceptions and experiences of menstruation. Haque’s dataset was smaller, but also narrower in focus, than Dr. Freidenfelds, and her focus on Muslim women ended up revealing a great deal of variation in their experiences of their periods.

I thought this would be a nice follow up to help us think about variation within and between populations, and the ways in which religion, acculturation, and country of origin might also play a role in how we learn about and live with our periods. Many thanks to Maysa Haque for her engaging interview!

Thanks to Ellebox for sponsoring season 2 of PERIOD. Use coupon code “periodpodcast” or this link to get 50% off your order.

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Friday, December 1st 2017

Season 2 Episode 16: The Modern Period

Excerpt: We learn about periods through history, and those moments when corporate interests, scientific knowledge, and women’s lives align.

Summary: This week I’m excited to talk to Dr. Lara Freidenfelds, an historian of women’s health. She blogs on reproduction, women’s health, and parenting as a regular contributor to nursingclio.org and at larafreidenfelds.com/blog. As an anthropologist, I love when I have the chance to interview humanists and social scientists. Dr. Freidenfelds has put together a truly fascinating account of what it means to get your period in the United States – it is deeply researched, drawn from dozens of interviews. This book, the topic of which will comprise most of our interview, is called The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America. Her next book, Perfecting Pregnancy and Mourning Miscarriage: The History That Shaped Modern Childbearing, is coming out from Oxford University Press in 2019.

 

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Call or write me! I am collecting two things right now: your period questions, and first period stories. Leave me a voicemail with either or both at 262-PERIOD-2 (262-737-4632). Don’t forget to tell me how to contact you if you don’t mind my following up.

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