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Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, FSfAA (Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology)

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Midwifery 2015
  • Country: USA

Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, is a world-renowned medical anthropologist, international speaker and researcher in transformational models in childbirth, midwifery and obstetrics. She is author of over 80 articles and of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992, 2004), coauthor of From Doctor to Healer: The Transformative Journey (1998) and The Power of Ritual (2016), and lead editor of 10 collections, the latest of which is Birth Models That Work (2009), which highlights optimal models of birth care around the world. Volume II: Birth Models on the Global Frontier, co-edited with Betty-Anne Daviss, is in process, as is Sustainable Birth, co-edited with Kim Gutschow. Robbie serves as Editor for the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative ( and Senior Advisor to the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction. Most of her published articles are freely available on her website

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Daughter of Time: The Postmodern Midwife
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.
Accreditation, Main Category, Product Type
Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Midwifery