Senior research fellow in Sociology, National Research Tomsk State University
Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellow
(January – June 2017)
Changes of Russian Maternity Care: the Case of Midwives Institutional Work
The processes of marketization and liberalization which followed the end of the socialist state wrought considerable changes to Russian maternity care. My research project focuses on the development of independent midwifery practice in the country. Departing from common assumption about post-Soviet medical professionals as ‘victims’ of reforms, I consider midwives as institutional actors, and address complex relations between commercialization of healthcare, state social policy in the field of reproduction and development of natural model of childbirth.