Anthropological scholarship frames pregnancy as an out of ordinary embodied event, rarely focusing on mothers of more than four children. We interviewed 49 ultra-orthodox Jewish [Haredi] women in Israel and the US who birthed up to 16 children. We suggest that Haredi women are acculturated to the routines of pregnancy, childbirth, and a habitual position of receptiveness toward continuous childbearing as an act of religious devotion. This “circumferential habitus” prepares women for the routines, attitudes, and dispositions of pregnancy as a way of life. Nevertheless, the deeply embodied experiences of pregnancy do not become “second nature,” revealing the “holes” or limits of the reproductive habitus.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness|
|State||Published - 2021|
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- reproductive habitus
- ultra-orthodox Jewish women
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)