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Articles on Midwives and Midwifery

Autonomy in midwifery

Autonomy in midwifery : definition, education, regulation by Robbie Davis-Floyd This article appears in Midwifery Today 46, Spring, 1996. Both Midwifery Today and the author give permission for it to be replicated for educational purposes. One day a few years ago I stood at the edge of a corn field in central Mexico watching a farmer tilling his land. When he was ready to take a break, we sat down together in the shade of […]

Articles on Birth Activism

Anthropology and birth activism: what do we know

Anthropology and birth activism : what do we know? Robbie Davis-Floyd This article appears in the Anthropology News 46(5):37-38. A few days ago, I attended a dinner for birth activists in Seattle. The 14 women (and one man) gathered there held our glasses aloft as a doula (a woman trained to provide support to the laboring mother) made the last toast—“for all the women who don’t know.” My reactions trembled on the existential brink. As […]

Articles on the New Reproductive Technologies

Davis-Floyd 2000 afterword, technologies of the exterior, technologies of the interior, can we expand the discourse of reproductive studies

Davis-Floyd 2000 afterword, technologies of the exterior, technologies of the interior, can we expand the discourse of reproductive studies In their introduction to this book, the editors note that the new reproductive technologies (NRTs) “raise” conflicts about how technology might be used in relation to human birth; yet often , what gets reported and thus communicated to society at large is a mix of technological determinism and wonder, with very little critical perspective. They chapters […]