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Birth Models and How They Affect Your Birth, with Robbie Davis-Floyd
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #44
Today’s show is about birth models, and how they affect birth practices. Medical Anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd explains why we’ve gotten so obsessed with machines and numbers, how things are changing back to models that work in various parts of the world, and what you can take from those models to improve your experience.
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What we talked about:
Holistic OBs creating cultural change in Brazil
The technocratic model: your body as a machine
The humanistic model: your body as an organism
The holistic model: your body and mind are one
Pink wall paint and other ways in which birth gets co-opted into seeming humanized
The energetic relationship between your throat and your cervix
Do you know what you want?
Do you know what you fear?
Claiming your power as a birth giver
Ways to have a more humanized and holistic birth within the generally technocratic hospital environment (including what to read, watch, and do before hand)
More on birth models, and resources mentioned by Robbie:
Robbie Davis-Floyd, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, is a medical anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of reproduction. An international speaker and researcher, she is author of over 80 articles and of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992, 2004) and lead editor of 10 collections, the latest of which is Birth Models That Work, which highlights optimal models of birth care around the world. Her current research project studies the paradigm shifts of holistic obstetricians in Brazil. Robbie serves as Editor for the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI): 10 Steps to Optimal Maternity Care (www.imbci.org), Board Member of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO), and Senior Advisor to the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction.