Articles on Birth Activism

Intuition as authoritative knowledge in midwifery and home birth

Intuition as authoritative knowledge in midwifery and home birth Robbie Davis-Floyd, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin and Elizabeth Davis, Woman to Woman Clinic, Windsor, California This article appeared in The Social Production of Authoritative Knowledge in Childbirth, a special edition of the Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Robbie Davis-Floyd and Carolyn Sargent, eds. 10(2):237-269, 1996. Permission is hereby given by the authors to reproduce this article for educational purposes.

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 […]