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The concept of cultural scripts and the ways in which these translate into

types of authoritative knowledge and related practices provide us with the

means to map the different cultural terrains of childbirth and motherhood.

In so doing, they highlight cultural reference points that become even

more important as boundaries are increasingly blurred by the processes of

globalisation. Exploring different cultural practices around reproduction

and motherhood lead us to a position where we can acknowledge the

diversity of cultural practices. It also enables us to be cautious and questioning

of developments that are closely associated with technology in

relation to women’s bodies, and to celebrate those practices that are

inclusive and fulfilling for all women becoming mothers. And of course

there is still much to be learned. Over subsequent chapters the ways in

which culturally located knowledges shape women’s accounts will be

illustrated. In the following chapter we turn to focus on the ways in

which women’s expectations and experiences of motherhood are shaped

in a Western context. By charting the medicalisation of reproduction and

childbearing and associated normative practices, we can begin to see how

confusing and complex journeys into motherhood have become.