Author Robbie Davis-Floyd, Ph.D. Articles

The Rituals of American Hospital Birth

Why is childbirth, which should be such a unique and individual experience for women, treated in such a highly standardized way in the United States? No matter how long or short, how easy or hard their labors, the vast majority of American women...

Know Your Practitioner: The Three Models of Birth and Health Care

What is a paradigm and why does it matter? How does each paradigm define the human body, and how does this definition affect the kind of healthcare you give and receive? How can we find ways to treat birth humanistically and holistically in an...

What Do We Know? Anthropology and Birth Activism

During a birth advocacy dinner I once attended in Seattle, a doula raised her glass and made the last toast: “For all the women who don’t know.”My reactions trembled on the existential brink. As both an anthropologist and a birth activist, I am...