Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin; Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology is a cultural/medical/reproductive/interpretive anthropologist specializing in the anthropologies of childbirth, midwifery, and obstetrics and focusing her research and many publications on transformational models of birth around the world. A well-known international speaker, she is author of over 80 articles, and of Birth as an American Rite of Passage (1992, 2003) and of Ways of Knowing about Birth: Mothers, Midwives, Medicine, and Birth Activism (2018); co-author of From Doctor to Healer: The Transformative Journey (1998) and The Power of Ritual (2016); and co-editor of 14 collections, the latest of which are Mainstreaming Midwives (2006), Birth Models That Work (2009), Birth in Eight Cultures (forthcoming 2019, co-edited with Melissa Cheyney), Speaking Truth to Power: Childbirth Models on the Human Rights Frontier (forthcoming 2019, co-edited with Betty-Anne Daviss), and Sustainable Birth (forthcoming 2019, co-edited with Kim Gutschow and Betty-Anne Daviss). She is a lifelong birth activist and midwifery advocate. She is a Board Member of IMBCO, and served as Lead Editor for the MFCI, the IMBCI, and the ICI.