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Dr. Robbie Davis-Floyd talks with the Birth Geeks about birth and the medical model and also specifically how doulas and childbirth education play a role in outcomes.  They even tackle the big topics like – why are people so afraid to question obstetrics today and discuss mentorship.

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 80 journal articles and 23 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 12 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). Robbie also serves as Editor for the International Childbirth Initiative (ICI): 12 Steps to MotherBaby-Family Friendly Maternity Care Services (a joint IMBCO/FIGO global initiative) and Senior Advisor to the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction. Most of her published articles are freely available on her website www.davis-floyd.com. She is currently completing a full revision and update of her first book, Birth as an American Rite of Passage, finishing co-editing Birthing Models on the Human Rights Frontier: Speaking Truth to Power (lead-edited by Betty-Anne Daviss, forthcoming 2020) and is co-creating two new collections: The Global Witch Hunt Plaguing Birth: Practitioner Persecution and Restorative Resistance, and Birthing Techno-Sapiens: Human-Technology Co-Evolution and the Future of Reproduction. She also serves as Lead Editor for a Routledge series called “Social Science Perspectives on Childbirth and Reproduction.”

Holiday Inductions are Not New

Convenience and the occurrence of births: induction of labor in the United States and Canada.
Rindfuss RR, Ladinsky JL, Coppock E, Marshall VW, Macpherson AS. Int J Health Serv. 1979;9(3):439-60.

“This paper, using data for the United States and Canada on number of births by day of the week, presents indirect evidence for the widespread incidence of the practice of elective induction. For both the United States and Canada, it is found that substantially fewer births occur on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays than on weekdays. Controlling for such factors as prenatal care, race, education, legitimacy, birth weight, and time trend strongly suggests that the induction of labor is responsible for the patterns found. The paper concludes by discussing the framework within which the practice of elective induction of labor should be evaluated and justified.”


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