Daughter of time: the postmodern midwife (Part 1)

  • Robbie Davis-Floyd University of Texas; Departament of Anthropology
Keywords: Nurse midwives, Midwives, practical, Professional role


This article presents the notion of the postmodern midwife, defining her as one who takes a relativistic stance toward bio-medicine and other knowledge systems, alternative and indigenous, moving fluidly between them to serve the women she attends. She is locally and globally aware, culturally competent, and politically engaged, working with the resources at hand to preserve midwifery in the interests of women. Her informed relativism is most accessible to professional midwives but is also beginning to characterize some savvy traditional midwives in various countries. Thus the concept of the postmodern midwife can serve as a bridge across the ethnic, racial, and status gaps that divide the professional from the traditional midwife, and as an analytical focal point for understanding how the members of each group negotiate their identities and their roles in a changing world.


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Davis-Floyd, R. (2007). Daughter of time: the postmodern midwife (Part 1). Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 41(4), 705-710. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342007000400023
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