A unique and innovative resource for conducting ethnographic research in health care settings, Ethnographic Research in Maternal and Child Health provides a combination of ethnographic theory and an international selection of empirical case studies.

The book begins with an overview of the origins and development of ethnography as a methodology, discussing underpinning theoretical perspectives, key methods and challenges related to conducting this type of research. The following substantive chapters present and reflect on ethnographic studies conducted in the fields of maternal and child health, neonatal nursing, midwifery and reproductive health.

Designed for academics, postgraduate students and health practitioners within maternal and child health, family health, medical sociology, medical anthropology, medicine, midwifery, neonatal care, paediatrics, social anthropology and public health, the book will also illuminate issues that can help health practitioners to improve service delivery.

1. Introducing the Theory and Practice of Ethnography  2. Ethnographic Fieldwork as Teamwork  3. Work Practice Ethnography: Video Ethnography in Maternity Settings  4. Writing of One’s Own Culture: An Auto-ethnography of Home Birth Midwifery in Ireland  5. A Mirror on Practice: Using Ethnography to Identify and Facilitate Best Practice in Maternity and Child Health Care  6. Cross-national Ethnography in Neonatal Intensive Care Units  7. Night-time on a Postnatal Ward: Experiences of Mothers, Infants, and Staff  8. Father’s Emotional Experiences in a Neonatal Unit: The Effects of Familiarity on Ethnographic Field Work  9. Evaluative Ethnography for Maternal and Child Nutrition Interventions  10.Challenges of Organizational Ethnography: Reflecting on Methodological Insights