What You Need to Know About Birth Models (Birth What?)

Medical anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd talks with Adriana about the technocratic, humanistic and holistic birth models. She explains why we’ve gotten so obsessed with machines and numbers, why we need more midwives, how some OBs are making positive change by embracing the midwifery model of care, and what you can take from those models to improve your experience.

What model(s) do you notice influenced your birth, and how? Share your insights with our community on Instagram @birthfulpodcast

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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 beforehand)
  • Why we need more midwives
  • The midwifery model of care as a combination of holistic and humanistic
  • Training OBs alongside midwives

 

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