Autora: Sónia Pintassilgo


Artigo| Saint-Maurice, A.; Pintassilgo, S. (2018), Ethnic differences in results of fertility and mother’s health care: Portuguese population and Cape Verdeans living in Portugal, Journal of Population Research, 35, 131–150


Resumo: This paper pursues a comparison between sociographic profiles and birthcare conditions related to the Portuguese and Cape Verdean mothers living in Portugal, considering the cultural and ethnic variables as determinants to possible distinctions. Based on the live birth Survey, the Fertility Survey results and the Population Census (official statistics produced by the National Statistics Institute), a statistical analysis was performed, namely, a K-means Cluster Analysis and a Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA). We adopted a longitudinal and comparative perspective in the 1995-2013 period. Furthermore, a synchronic analysis approach has been underlined, thoroughly exploring the database of entries of live births for the year 2013. Despite the fertility rate being lower in the Portuguese population, there is a tendency for convergence between the fertility patterns of both populations, which reveals a porosity of the the Cape Verdean population by incorporating a different fertility model from the one that exists in their country of origin. Fertility occurs later in the Portuguese women compared with the Cape Verdeans. Differences were also observed in both populations, regarding the sociographic profiles, the birthcare conditions and, finally, the marital status and family structure.


Consultar: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12546-018-9204-0#citeas

Autor: Mario JSD Santos


Artigo | Neves, D. M.; Santos, M. (2018), Babies born better: o uso do software MaxQDA na análise preliminar das respostas portuguesas à secção qualitativa do inquérito, Revista de Pesquisa Qualitativa, Vol.6, n.º10.


Resumo: A saúde materna envolve um vasto conjunto de conhecimentos e práticas que visam não só a promoção da saúde na gravidez e parto mas também uma experiência que seja entendida como positiva pelas mulheres. O inquérito Babies Born Better tem como objetivo informar o debate público sobre a qualidade dos cuidados de saúde, partindo do discurso das mulheres. Baseado na componente qualitativa do inquérito, este artigo consiste num ensaio de recurso ao MaxQDA para a análise das respostas portuguesas. A utilização deste software revelou ser útil à mediação entre os dados e a análise, facilitando a sistematização da informação. A análise veio salientar a importância da relação entre as mulheres e os profissionais de saúde, enquanto fator estruturante das experiências de parto.


Consultar: https://editora.sepq.org.br/index.php/rpq/article/view/210

Autor: Mario JDS Santos


Artigo| Santos, M. (2018), Can the unequal access to home birth be framed as a source of inequalities? A comparison between Portugal and Denmark, Portuguese Journal of Social Science


Resumo: Planned home births happen across Europe, but there are countries and formal limitations can be found by This article draws upon a short research project conducted in Denmark in March 2014, which aimed to explore the organization of home birth in Denmark and to compare it to the Portuguese case. Private home births, in Portugal, and publicly funded home births, in Denmark, show interesting similarities when looking at the individual experience of choosing and planning a birth at home. However, through this comparative analysis, I argue that the limitations imposed around the option of home birth in Portugal raise important inequalities between women and families planning to give birth at home and those planning a hospital birth. The success:fa models found in Denmark can potentially serve as grounds for a broader discussion and as a trigger for change in Portuguese policies, to promote ethical and evidence based practices among professionals, and the improvement in perinatal health outcomes for families who experience planned home births.


Consultar: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/pjss/2018/00000017/00000003/art00005

Autora: Francesca De Luca


Artigo| De Luca, F. (2018), «“God was the first anaesthetist”: obstetrics and pain in Lisbon at the turn of the 20th century», Etnográfica, vol. 22 (3)


Resumo: Analisa-se, neste artigo, a forma como a gestão da dor no parto surgiu na prática e na literatura obstétrica e como afetou a constituição de uma nova epistemologia. A partir de uma pesquisa de arquivo de artigos biomédicos e teses, produzidas em Lisboa, entre a segunda metade do século XIX e as primeiras décadas do século XX, pretende-se focar o conhecimento biomédico, emergente e incerto, sobre a dor e o corpo em trabalho de parto, a agência do obstetra e o papel político da obstetrícia. A pesquisa faz parte de um estudo antropológico longitudinal, com uma abordagem da dor como locus onde se fundam afetividades, ontologias em mudança e biopolíticas. Em vez de considerar a dor como um fenómeno físico tido como certo, pretende-se traçar a sua materialização no contexto biomédico e histórico português específico, na viragem do século XX.


Consultar: https://journals.openedition.org/etnografica/5989

Autora: Eva Diniz Schiro


Artigo| Diniz, E. & Koller, S. (2018). Research on natural settings: observing adolescent mothers and infants throughout the first postpartum year. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 52, 104-115.


Resumo: This manuscript aims to present and discuss challenges regarding naturalistic observation of adolescent mothers and their infants throughout the first postpartum year. Case illustrations were the object to discuss methodological options and issues faced during an observational and longitudinal research. The participants live in vulnerability in a metropolitan area in Southern Brazil. Data collection challenges led to reflections about naturalistic observation and methodological procedures, which were affected by setting characteristics and by the need of adapting to them. Most methodological difficulties were linked to naturalistic observations of mothers and their infants. Personal and contextual aspects of these settings must be taken into account in order to enhance result reliability and the knowledge about cultural idiosyncrasies.


Consultar: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29094274/

Autora: Dulce Morgado Neves


Artigo| Neves, D. M.; Santos, M. (2018), Babies born better: o uso do software MaxQDA na análise preliminar das respostas portuguesas à secção qualitativa do inquérito, Revista de Pesquisa Qualitativa, Vol.6, no10.


Resumo: A saúde materna envolve um vasto conjunto de conhecimentos e práticas que visam não só a promoção da saúde na gravidez e parto mas também uma experiência que seja entendida como positiva pelas mulheres. O inquérito Babies Born Better tem como objetivo informar o debate público sobre a qualidade dos cuidados de saúde, partindo do discurso das mulheres. Baseado na componente qualitativa do inquérito, este artigo consiste num ensaio de recurso ao MaxQDA para a análise das respostas portuguesas. A utilização deste software revelou ser útil à mediação entre os dados e a análise, facilitando a sistematização da informação. A análise veio salientar a importância da relação entre as mulheres e os profissionais de saúde, enquanto fator estruturante das experiências de parto.


Autora: Catarina Delaunay


Artigo | Gomes, C. D. (2018). Mapping socio-technical controversies about same- sex couples’ access to assisted reproductive technologies in France and Portugal. Salute e Societa, 17(2), 72-89.


Resumo: This article seeks to map socio-technical controversies in France and Portugal over the extension of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) to same-sex couples. It focuses on controversies that, over the long term, set actors with divergent representations, interests and beliefs against each other. I approach this problem theoretically and empirically through the analysis of legislation, parliamentary debates, mass-media coverage and in-depth interviews. After introducing the article’s theoretical framework, I will briefly present the legal framing of ART in France and Portugal, which was similar until mid-2016. Despite the legalisation of same- sex marriage in France (2013) and Portugal (2010), until recently laws and public policies in both countries limited access to ART to heterosexual couples with infertility problems. I will describe the dynamics of social and legal change in both countries, comparing the breakthroughs and setbacks in France with a more linear process in Portugal that culminated in the recent adoption of non-discrimination laws concerning same-sex couples (on ART and adoption). This will involve examining public controversies surrounding the ‘traditional’ family model (a heterosexualcouple with children), listing the principles underlying the draft laws and exploring the reasoning conveyed by its promoters and opponents. I conclude that social transformations materialized in legal changes depend on both the degree of acceptance by society and the balance of power in national parliaments.