“As a cultural anthropologist, I have spent over 20 years researching issues in the anthropology of reproduction, focusing most closely on childbirth, obstetrics, and midwifery, which I continue to study and write about. I have also found opportunities to branch out into other areas that fascinate me: ritual and gender studies, corporate futures planning, biomedicine, integrative medicine, science and technology studies. This for me is part of the magic of anthropology: it gives you a set of tools for studying any arena of life that captures your interest.”
Robbie Davis-Floyd

Welcome to my website!

This website contains the full texts of many of my published articles, for your convenience. It will also guide you to the talks that I give around the world, to my full CV and a short bio, and to the books that I have published.
I am available for public speaking in many forums: universities, childbirth and midwifery conferences, conferences on alternative health care, on gender issues, on myth and ritual, and on science and technology. I often sit on dissertation committees or serve as external examiner, and supervise independent study for students interested in creating their own projects. I also offer consulting and editorial services.
As an anthropologist, I have always sought to make my work relevant not only to students and other anthropologists, but also to the people
I study and to the general public.

I am a passionate believer in reaching out across disciplinary boundaries, as I hope the works in this website will attest. May they serve you well!

NEW NEWS!! Many of my articles have been translated into Spanish and now appear on this website next to their English versions–please click on “Articles” in the tabs to the left to see the Spanish translations!

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Robbie Davis-Floyd offers live-in internships to interested students. The purpose of the internship can range from an introduction to the Anthropology of Reproduction to writing up your Master’s thesis or PhD dissertation, or article or book, with Robbie’s help. The internship could be designed as an Independent Study course for which you could get credit from your own university; it can also be used as a “writer’s retreat.” In return for her assistance with your project, Robbie will ask you at times to help with certain aspects of her own work, such as tape transcription or perhaps conducting interviews. Interns can also come to conduct fieldwork in Austin, where we have a rich variety of midwives and medical centers. The length of the internship can vary from some weeks to some months. If you are interested please contact Robbie at davis-floyd@austin.utexas.edu.


Rosana Fontes

"I am a Brazilian obstetrician. My path to birth led me to new frontiers--in my career and beyond my country borders. When studying about the Anthropology of Birth, everything has made so much sense to me, and made me see my own work in a very different way. And theses paths could not take anywhere else than to Robbie´s house in Texas.... so there I went, and she did welcome me: she shared her house, shared her family, shared her friends.

In her loving home in Austin and in her great-grandmother’s historic home in Louisiana, I could find peace for my spirit, which arrived from Brazil so tormented. We shared so many good times. I even learned better English from speaking with Robbie and watching TV with her at night. I loved learning from her about what she has been studying all her life--birth cultures and all the anthropological, medical, and sociopolitical issues around them. I loved all the readings she assigned me. There is always so much more to learn with Robbie, it seems there wasn´t enough time! She has a strength and will that can be contagious for sure. She will never stop learning, teaching and writing. I leave my gratefulness here, hoping we can always meet each other again!!”
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Rosana Fontes

Ieva Paberzyte

When I wrote my first e-mail to Robbie Davis-Floyd, encouraged by my dear friend, I did not believe for a minute to receive a reply from the world-known anthropologist. Robbie replied within a few hours, as she always does, and already the next day I was buying my ticket to Austin. I have spent three weeks at Robbie’s home as an intern. My goal was to advance my doctoral thesis and to move beyond the point I was stuck in for awhile.

I wanted to improve the delivery of the research results and to get an expert’s opinion and advice on the direction I was taking. Robbie’s professional support and advice was beyond what I expected; and those three weeks turned out to be the most productive that I could remember throughout the years of writing. I have finished the last two chapters and have outlined the conclusions, which I was able to complete shortly after arriving home. Already the very first day of my internship Robbie dived into reading my work rigorously. Every day she and I discussed and brainstormed various ideas and topics, which helped me move on and continue writing.At the same time, Robbie was copy-editing my text, which I appreciated a lot being a non-native English speaker. I had an opportunity to sit next to her during the edits and learn about the editing styles, grammar, punctuation, etc.Robbie, being an expert on childbirth research and literature, suggested many useful references that I could include in my work.She also connected me to people who would be useful to discuss the subject matter. Robbie’s guidance has brought back the confidence in myself and my research, which was necessary to complete my thesis. During my visit, I had an opportunity to get a closer look into Robbie’s own work while transcribing and conducting interviews for her upcoming book. It was very useful and interesting to see a well-established researcher’s style and method of field working comparison to my own and to make note of different ways of doing fieldwork. Apart from being an expert in her field, professionally supportive and inspiring, Robbie is a very kind and generous person. Her home is beautiful, spacious and welcoming, surrounded by woods, parks and walking trails. It is a perfect quiet retreat to think,to reflect and to write. I will always remember the magical Christmas month at Robbie’ shome - the afternoon creek walks, colourful sunsets from the terrace, Christmas parties, and, of course,the Christmas movie sessions! I should add that Robbie had the most beautifully and thoughtfully decorated Christmas home I have ever seen! Thank you, Robbie, for your kindness, continuous support, for being my mentor and for dedicating your time and work into my professional guidance.
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Ieva Paberzyte
PhD candidate in Anthropology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Michelle Sadler

Spending a few weeks with Robbie was an experience of pure delight. Beautiful house overlooking the forest, art nouveau colored-glass lamps in every corner, three friendly dogs, creek walks every other day… I was longing to have time for long and uninterrupted sessions of writing and I found that time at Robbie’s home. Plus super bonus: writing was followed by wonderful conversations and discussions with Robbie. And best of the day: fireplace, TV series (can´t believe I hadn´t watched Downtown Abbey!) and soup. Thank you Robbie.

Michelle Sadler


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