Stephanie Schiavenato

Stephanie Schiavenato is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at New York University, a birth doula, and a filmmaker. She studies the intersection of reproductive potential and loss, focusing on three areas: breastmilk, the placenta, and funerary technologies that facilitate increased time with fetal corpses. She holds a BA from Middlebury College in gender studies and film and an MA from New School for Social Research in anthropology. Stephanie is also one of the most experienced doulas in New York City, having attended over four hundred births. She is currently finishing a documentary film on the afterlife of the placenta.

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Birthing under Investigation


Birthing under Investigation

Covid-19 has ushered in a new grammar of intimacy. Every physical interaction inspires a calculation of risk management. Consequential decisions are made over t... More