Robbie Davis-Floyd

Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, is a well-known medical anthropologist, international speaker and researcher in transformational models in childbirth, midwifery, and obstetrics. She is author of over eighty journal articles and twenty-three encyclopedia articles, and of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992, 2003) and Ways of Knowing about Birth: Mothers, Midwives, Medicine, and Birth Activism (2018); coauthor of From Doctor to Healer: The Transformative Journey (1998) and The Power of Ritual (2016); and lead editor of twelve collections, including the award-winning Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, the “seminal” Birth Models That Work (2009), and her most recent collection, co-edited with Melissa Cheyney, Birth in Eight Cultures (2019). As a Board Member of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization, Robbie serves as Editor for the International Childbirth Initiative (ICI): 12 Steps to MotherBaby-Family Friendly Maternity Care (a joint IMBCO/FIGO global initiative) and as Lead Editor for a Routledge series called “Social Science Perspectives on Childbirth and Reproduction.” She also serves as Senior Advisor to the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction. Robbie is a lifelong birth activist and doula and midwifery advocate. Most of her published articles are freely available on her website www.davis-floyd.com.

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