It’s Time: Negotiating biomedical, temporal, and embodied perspectives on the timing of birth in Nepal

An exploration of the standardization of time in obstetrics and its translation into everyday practice in Nepal by analyzing the various perspectives involved in determining a woman’s ideal time of delivery and a successful pregnancy: those of laypeople, doctors, and the scholars setting the guidelines.  Aims to document Nepali biomedical practitioners’ negotiation of multiple understandings of parturition and their strategies for overcoming the challenges of pre- and post-term births.

The exploratory phase of this research was funded by the 2017 Senior Fellowship of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies.