Dr. Lena Kroeker



Completed Project

"In between Life and Death" - HIV-Positive Women in Lesotho and their Obstetric Choices


This PHD project was published and is available at the website of LIT Verlag:


kroekerThis book recounts the stories of thirty expectant mothers with HIV in Lesotho and how they made decisions during an uncertain time. Besides social causes for uncertainty such as poverty, familial disruption, limited opportunities, and HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, birth and early infant care are a time "in between life and death". Medical and non-medical solutions are found to make this life-changing event a success. Familial care, medical counselling and ritual practices were combined, however, there were often conflicting demands. This is a book about the avoidance of conflicts.