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Daughter of Time: The Postmodern Midwife

by Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, FSfAA (Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology)
  • Duration: 1439 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: Midwifery 2015

In this presentation, I will describe 8 global trends in midwifery and how "the postmodern midwife" is actuating those trends. I define the postmodern midwife as one who takes an informed and relativistic approach to different ways of knowing about birth and who strives to practice autonomously. Recognizing the limitations and strengths of the biomedical system and of her own, the postmodern midwife moves fluidly between them to serve the women she attends. She is a shape-shifter, a bridge-builder,a networker, and a traveler. Through her connections with other midwives around the world, she works to create a global and increasingly shared culture of midwifery as well as to preserve and carry forward the best of her own cultural traditions around birth.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1. Explain the terms “premodern,” “modern,” and “postmodern.”
Objective 2. Define the features of modernism and the characteristics of the modern midwife.
Objective 3. Name and describe the characteristics of the postmodern midwife.
Objective 4. Identify the possibilities the postmodern midwife represents for the global future of midwifery.

Categories: Midwifery
Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks