The Gift of Children: Maori and infertility

Author(s): Paul Reynolds and Cherryl Smith (editors)

NZ Maori

Based on a three-year study, this book explores infertility from Maori perspectives and provides insights into Maori concepts, views and practices in relation to fertility and infertility. Exploring a variety of fertility and infertility issues, the chapters include traditional stories of fertility, Maori fertility statistics, legal issues impacting on cultural values, traditional adoption, experiences of fertility clinics, and fertility and Maori men. The people interviewed talk about how infertility affects their lives and those of future generations, and their stories confirm the importance of whakapapa and traditional values while facing the introduction of assisted reproductive technologies.


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Dr Paul Reynolds and Dr Cherryl Smith are research directors at Te Atawhai o te Ao, the Independent Maori Institute for Environment and Health. They have been at the forefront of kaupapa Maori research over the last ten years and have published on a variety of issues relevant to Maori, such as Maori and involuntary chemical exposure, biotechnologies and Maori, protection of human remains, Maori research ethics, sexual relationships and aspects of family

General Fields

  • : 9781775500193
  • : Huia Publishers
  • : Huia Publishers
  • : August 2012
  • : New Zealand
  • : September 2012
  • : December 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul Reynolds and Cherryl Smith (editors)
  • : Paperback
  • : 362.196692008999442
  • : 323
  • : Black and White