Mainstreaming Midwives

The Politics of Change

Edited by Robbie Davis-Floyd, Christine Barbara Johnson

© 2006 – Routledge

570 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415931519
pub: 2006-03-28
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About the Book

Providing insights into midwifery, a team of reputable contributors describe the development of nurse- and direct-entry midwifery in the United States, including the creation of two new direct-entry certifications, the Certified Midwife and the Certified Professional Midwife, and examine the history, purposes, complexities, and the political strife that has characterized the evolution of midwifery in America.

Including detailed case studies, the book looks at the efforts of direct-entry midwives to achieve legalization and licensure in seven states: New York, Florida, Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, Colorado, and Massachusetts with varying degrees of success.


"The works is at its strongest when examining the impacts of having a fractionalized movement, exploring the tensions between a need for movement unity while also maintaining space for differences in midwifery philosophy and practice." -- Natasha Pinerics, Atlantis, 2008

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Alternative Medicine
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies