About the Class
Join us as Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD discusses intuition and authoritative knowledge in childbirth, how midwives and mothers use intuition to make choices, and how to help women identify for themselves what counts as authoritative knowledge, and how to find the right balance between hierarchal and intuitive knowledge.
What counts as authoritative knowledge in childbirth, and who decides? Authoritative knowledge is the
knowledge that counts in a given situation, on the basis of which people make decisions and take action.
AK can be the knowledge held by “authorities,” by individuals present at the moment, or it can be
collectively held by the group.
This notion, first developed by anthropologist Brigitte Jordan, has proven to be a useful theoretical framework for the anthropological analysis of childbirth in various cultures.
In this presentation, Robbie Davis-Floyd will explain this concept and its development, provide examples of its theoretical application in anthropological studies of birth around the world, and augment the effectiveness of this concept through a presentation of her own further work around the question: How do midwives and
mothers utilize intuition during both home and hospital birth?
She will place particular emphasis on the relevance of these findings for birth practitioners and childbirth
educators re how they can work to deepen women’s understandings of the value of their own body
knowing/intuition, can help women identify for themselves what counts as authoritative knowledge in a
given situation, and what should count, and how they can guide women and their families in finding the
right balance between intuitive and hierarchical knowledge.
About Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD
Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin and Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, is a world-renowned cultural/medical anthropologist, international speaker and researcher in transformational models in childbirth, midwifery and obstetrics. She is also an author; most of you are familiar with her work Birth as an American Rite of Passage. Her current research project studies the paradigm shifts of holistic obstetricians in Brazil.
How to Enroll
The required donation for this class is $45.