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 ASL MA 2nd Years on a Field Trip to the Medical Faculty 

Submitted by Dr. Katja Schmieder on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 17:30

For the first time in the history of the Institute for American Studies at Leipzig University, an MA class (Elisabeth Böhme, Wiebke Kartheus, Eric Fraunholz, Sören Schoppmeier, Tyrone White) along with ASL faculty (Prof. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez, Anja Eifert, MA, and Dr. Katja Schmieder) joined a seminar-related excursion to the University Hospital. Evolving from a research cooperation, we were invited to the OB/GYN Department in Liebigstrasse on January 28, 2014, to talk with three MDs: Dr. Schrey (Obstetrics) as well as Dr. Handzel and Dr. Einenkel (Gynecology) .

Within the framework of Dr. Schmieder's course on American Reproduction (MA Module “Consumption, Culture, and Identity”), we asked all sorts of questions ranging from US-German comparisons of childbirth and pertaining gynecological procedures, such as cesarian sections, to gender topics and issues of economy. After the lively discussion Dr. Einenkel was kind enough to give us a tour through the hospital's Labor and Delivery unit. Right in front of a birth bed a midwife introduced to us the apparently unlimited options for women giving birth, and she spiced her explanations with individual stories including episodes on incense sticks, bathtubs, and husbands who were sent flying out of the room. We spent almost two hours at the hospital, and all participants enjoyed the conversation very much.

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