Robbie Davis-Flyod, PhD
Medical/Cultural Anthropologist
Renown Author for 'Birth as an American Rite of Passage'

As a cultural anthropologist, She has spent over 20 years researching issues in the anthropology of reproduction, focusing most closely on childbirth, obstetrics, and midwifery, which she continues to study and write about.  She has branched out into other areas that fascinate her: ritual and gender studies, corporate futures planning, biomedicine, integrative medicine, science and technology studies. This for me is part of the magic of anthropology: it gives her a wonderful set of tools for studying any arena of life in the field of medical anthropology.  She taught medical anthropology at Rice University and University of Texas.