Utrecht, Netherlands

Humanizing Birth: Launching Critical Midwifery Studies

online course
when 11 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 400

obally, the call for the humanization of childbirth is loud and urgent. The amount of childbirth related trauma, the rates of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in BIPOC communities, as well as the reluctance midwifery has to be inclusive of all genders, testify that we are getting something not quite right. Midwifery is often proposed as a way to ensure emotionally and physically safe care for all. While believing in the potential of midwifery, we must be radically critical of how midwifery itself is formed by past and present suppressive structures based on class, race, gender, and coloniality.

There is much research done on midwifery from a biomedical point of view, but there is not much engagement with current critical theory. Midwifery can only be a way to humanize childbirth, however, if we also study it from a critical humanities perspective so that we understand where we should intervene to create anti-capitalist, anti-racist, meaningful, inclusive and sustainable midwifery. In this summer school, we will therefore explore the potential of "Critical Midwifery Studies". Together, we will develop what a critical perspective on midwifery could be by translating and furthering insights from, among others, intersectional and transnational feminist theory, queer theory, marxist feminism, critical race theory, de- and postcolonial theory, and care ethics to midwifery.

The summer school is organised by the Critical Midwifery Studies Collective, specifically by Anna Horn, Jason Marcus, Raquel Justiniano, Susana Ku, Priya Sharma, Madyasa Vijber, Noëmie Willemen and Rodante van der Waal.

The summer school is co-hosted by the Chilean Observatory for Obstetric Violence (Michelle Sadler) and the University of Cape Town (Jason Marcus) and includes a webinar by City University London (Anna Horn).

Course leader

Rodante van der Waal

Target group

The summer school is open globally to everyone interested in the humanization of birth, specifically academics, PhD-students, activists & birth-workers (midwives, doula’s, obstetricians, BA- and MA-level midwifery, obstetric, and medical students) .

Fee info

EUR 400: Course + course materials
EUR 0: Price: 400 euros is the full price. Paying the full price makes it possible for us to offer reduced prices as well.

There are three reduced price options: 1) 200 euros; 2) 10 euros; 3) 0 euros.

Everybody should decide for themselves what is reasonable for them to pay. Please do send a short email to rodante.vanderwaal@phd.uvh.nl if you want to make use of a reduced price, then we can give you a code.

There are combinations with other summer schools possible:

You can follow the morning program of the summer school on equity and ethics in global health for an extra 50 euros. Please state in your application if you want this option.
There is a 30 euro discount if you follow this summer school in combination with the summer school on maternal and neonatal global health on both summer schools.